Obama Says U.S. Military Strikes Could
Not Have Stopped Syria Misery
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[March 29, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United
States could not have stopped the humanitarian crisis in Syria with
military strikes, President Barack Obama said in a television interview
airing on Friday, and said U.S. troops had reached their limits after
long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama was asked in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott
Pelley whether he regretted not applying U.S. force in Syria, where
the three-year civil war has killed more than 140,000 people and
"It is, I think, a false notion that somehow we were in a position
to, through a few selective strikes, prevent the kind of hardship
that we've seen in Syria," Obama said.
"It's not that it's not worth it. It's after a decade of war, you
know, the United States has limits," he said.
Obama said the United States would have a hard time committing to
putting troops on the ground in Syria, a commitment he said could
have lasted "perhaps another decade."
American troops have been involved in a decade of war in Iraq and
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"And it's not clear whether the outcome in fact would have turned
out significantly better," Obama said.The interview was recorded before Obama flew to Saudi Arabia, where
he discussed the Syrian conflict with Saudi king Abdullah.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Ken Wills)
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