Secretary Kerry said that if President Assad hands over all chemical weapons within one week, the United States will not strike Syria.
Surprisingly, Russia agreed with the demands. This is the first possible point of agreement between the two powers over how to address the chemical weapons issue.
If the United States does attack, Kerry stated that "We will be able to hold Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war."
Clearly, the United States's planned strike will not be of the same magnitude that it was in Libya.