Even for the Obama administration, this one is deeply rich.
State Department spokesman John Kirby Monday said to an astonished Matt Lee of the Associated Press that the administration has not been saying there would be “no boots on the ground” in places like Syria in Iraq.
This after President Obama announced Monday that 250 special operations troops would be hitting the ground in Syria during the next several weeks.
Maybe they will not be wearing boots. Maybe Obama is having them don ballet slippers as part of the restricted rules of engagement.
Lee: For months and months and months, the mantra from the president and everyone else in the administration has been, “No boots on the ground,” and now —
Kirby: No, that is not true.
Kirby: It’s just not true, Matt.
Lee: It is. It’s true!
Kirby: No it’s not. I just flatly, absolutely disagree with you.
At another point, Kirby claimed, “There was never this, ‘No boots on the ground.’ I don’t know where this keeps coming from.” Well. It keeps coming from here: