Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday that any military action undertaken in Syria would be "unbelievably small."

ARP3642833_image_982w Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London, on September 9, 2013. (SUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images)

"We will be able to hold [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war," Kerry said during an appearance with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, according to The Guardian. "That is exactly what we are talking about doing -- unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."