In one of his fleetest flip-flops ever, John Kerry on Tuesday told a Senate committee that the administration would not want any prohibition on the use of ground troops in a congressional resolution on Syria, before reversing himself minutes later and saying such a measure would be fine, National Review reported.

"This authorization does not contemplate and should not have any allowance for troops on the ground - I just want to make that absolutely clear," the secretary of state said in response to a question from Marco Rubio (though the White House's draft resolution clearly would empower the president to deploy ground troops in connection to Syria's chemical weapons, and the Senate will have to add such an amendment itself).