President Barack Obama made it clear that he doesn’t see any reason to send U.S. troops to Syria, at least anytime soon.
Speaking at a news conference in Costa Rica on Friday, Obama said he does not foresee a scenario in which he would decide deploying U.S. ground troops to Syria. He insisted, however, that his administration is not ruling out any options in dealing with Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons. For now, though, he wants to have more facts and evidence on Syria first instead of acting prematurely.
The United States is currently investigating whether Syria used chemical weapons, which Syrian officials vehemently denied. Obama said if Syria is found to have used chemical weapons, the United States will be forced to act beyond what it’s already doing now, Reuters reports.
“I’m going to make those decision based on the best evidence and after careful consultation, because when we rush into things, when we leap before we look, then not only do we pay a price but oftentimes we see unintended consequences on the ground. So it’s important that we do it right,” Obama said.
Although officials from the Obama administration have not commented on what “physiological” evidence they have on Syrian forces’ use of sarin, a chemical compound used as a chemical weapon, U.S. government sources said it included samples of blood taken from alleged victims and soil.
“If in fact there is the kind of systematic use of chemical weapons inside of Syria, we expect we are going to get additional further evidence and at that point we will absolutely present that to the international community,” Obama said.