US Secretary State of John Kerry had harsh words about Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday, recalling a time he had confronted the Syria leader about the transfer of Scud missiles and Assad had "lied to my face."
There is a "certain arrogance about the man", Kerry said during a press conference with his British counterpart William Hague in London.
Kerry said he understood the American and European people's reticence about military action, pressing home again the point that any operation would be very different to American experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"That's not what we are talking about. We are not going to war. We will not have people at risk that way," he said. "We will be able to hold Bashar Assad accountable .... in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort."