In yesterday’s U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee hearings, on whether the United States should attack Syria, Secretary of State, John Kerry said the U.S. will not commit ground troops to the military operation. Earlier this year, troops had already been sent to the surrounding region.
**In June, 400 America troops were sent to the Sinai peninsular to help patrol and man checkpoints. The soldiers were trained in anti-riot drills, for any possible attacks from al-Queda sympathizers. They were deployed for nine months minimally, but possibly indefinitely.
**During the same month, Obama sent 1000 combat troops to Jordan. He sent not only troops to Jordan, but a squadron of F-16 fighter air crafts, and a Patriot missile defense systems. Jordan also received support communication systems and command control operations. These weapons will remain in Jordan as long as needed.
In contradiction to his present stand on Syria, in 2008, CNN news reported that John Kerry spoke to a group of university students about Iraq and said:
Invading Iraq has created a crisis of historic proportions and, if we do not change course, there is the prospect of a war with no end in sight
Kerry also explained that there was:
basically a civil war in Iraq ,
just like he said about Vietnam in 1971, adding:
we need an international solution in Vietnam, and he said we need an international solution in Iraq
In reference to the U.S.'s help, Jordanian Chief of Staff Gen. Masha’al Al Zaben was also quoted as saying:
We must defend our country and be ready for what is taking place in the region.
Not only has the Obama administration deployed extra troops to the region, he has also helped provide arms.
In July, the Obama administration, along with the approval of the House Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian rebels.
Last year, the Obama administration set up a Washington based organization called the The Syrian Support Group (SSG) that was granted a license by the US Treasury to begin fundraising for the Syrian rebels. The SSG has been collecting money online to send to the Syrian President, Bashir al-Assad"s opponents since its creation. U.S. humanitarian contribution to the crisis in Syria has risen to over $500 million.