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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Obami's detachment from reality on Syria

Michael Totten rips the Obama administration for its detachment from reality regarding Syria.
Lebanese scholar Tony Badran quotes Robert Ford, President Barack Obama’s unconfirmed pick for ambassador to Syria, and Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, making statements last week that are breathtaking in their disconnection from reality.

Kerry said he believes Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, “understands that his country’s long-term interests … are not well served by aligning Syria with a revolutionary Shiite regime in Iran and its terrorist clients.” Ford, at the same time, said the U.S. “must persuade Syria that neither Iran nor Hezbollah shares Syria’s long-term strategic interest in … peace.”

These statements are simply off-planet. Either Kerry and Ford don’t know the first thing about how the Syrian government perceives its own interests, or they’re making stuff up for the sake of diplomacy.


I’d like to give Kerry and Ford the benefit of the doubt here and assume that that’s what they’re doing with Assad, that they know Syria’s alliance with Iran is three decades old and therefore well thought-out and durable, that they know his foreign policy goal is one of “resistance” rather than peace, but I have my doubts. They otherwise shouldn’t find engaging him worth the humiliation and bother.
A detachment from reality fits this administration perfectly, doesn't it? I mean, why should they be any more realistic about Syria than they are about Iran or the 'Palestinians' or Russia or China or Venezuela or North Korea.... What could go wrong?


At 10:00 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The current contretemps over Jerusalem will fade in a few weeks... the history of the world isn't really decided by announcements of Israeli housing projects in Jerusalem. Israel will just build quietly in the future and the US won't ask.


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