White House does not envision military intervention in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear that he does not see a scenario that would result in American troops going to Syria, White House Press Secretary John Carney said on Wednesday.

Carney made the remarks during his daily press briefing aboard Air Force One en route to Boston. Carney responded to questions related to recent setbacks for the Syrian opposition against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime. Carney said the situation in Syria continues to grow worse and the President is ruling no option out, though direct military intervention is unlikely.

"So the situation on the ground continues to worsen with elevated levels of violence with the participation of Hezbollah and Iran," Carney said. "And the President has made clear that he rules no option out, although he has also made clear that he does not envision a scenario that would lead to putting American boots on the ground in Syria. But setting aside that, he rules no option out and he's constantly evaluating his policy options."

When asked if the President had any concerns about a potentially broadening role of Iran in the Syrian conflict, Carney said the participation of Iran and terrorist group Hezbollah show the true colors of Assad's tyrannical regime.

"There's no question that Bashar al-Assad has two very clear friends in the region -- Hezbollah and Iran," Carney said. "And that ought to tell you everything you need to know about Bashar al-Assad and his tyrannical regime, and the fact that he is calling on outside assistance in the murderous campaign against his own people. We have long been concerned about the instability caused by the conflict in Syria and its capacity to spread regionally, and certainly the participation of Hezbollah and Iran in the effort causes concern. And the President evaluates these developments as he's assessing policy options."