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This is actually 3 hours long.  “But earlier in the hearing…um, let’s leave “boots on the ground” an option.

Kerry: I Don’t Want To Take Option Of Boots On The Ground “Off The Table”

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Mr. Chairman, it would be preferable not to, not because there’s any intention or any plan or any desire whatsoever to have boots on the ground, and I think the president will give you every assurance in the world, as am I, as does the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman [of the Joint Chiefs of Staff]. But in the event Syria imploded, for instance, or in the event that there was a threat of a chemical weapons cache falling into the hands of Al Nusra or someone else, and it was clearly in the interest of our allies, and all of us, the British, the French, and others, to prevent those weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of the worst elements, I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the President of the United States to secure our country.

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KERRY: I’m absolutely confident, Mr. Chairman, that it is easy—not that complicated—to work out language that will satisfy the Congress and the American people that there’s no door open here through which someone can march in ways that Congress doesn’t want it to, while still protecting the national security interests of the country. I’m confident that can be worked out. The bottom line is the president has no intention, and will not, and we don’t want to, put American troops on the ground to fight this, or to be involved in the fighting of this civil war. Period.

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