U.S. military will maintain posture near Syria

The U.S. military will maintain its warships in the region near Syria to keep up the threat of military force, the White House said on Tuesday.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, made the remarks on Tuesday as part of his daily press briefing. When asked if the military would keep its current posture and its warships near Syria indefinitely, Carney said the force posture will remain the same at least until an agreement is finalized.

"President (Obama) made clear, and I will reiterate again today, that it was the credible threat of U.S. military action that helped produce the diplomatic breakthrough that we've seen, a diplomatic breakthrough that needs to be fulfilled, and we are working very closely with our partners in New York at the United Nations as well as obviously with the Russians to move forward on implementing that agreement," Carney said. "But in the meantime, the force posture remains the same and the threat of military force, the military option remains on the table."

When asked how the White House would assess the effectiveness of its strategy on Syria, Carney said the only thing that matters is the result.

"And the result is that the positions the President took both in his negotiations and in his consultations and in his public presentations helped produce the result that we see today, which is at least the possibility that we can achieve the goal of military force and then some without the use of military force by relieving Assad of his chemical weapons and destroying them," Carney said.

Carney said the result was much more significant than how the strategy looked as it unfolded. He said the ultimate result of the strategy was the potential for a diplomatic breakthrough.