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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kerry visits Syria again

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass) visited Syria again this past weekend. This is from Kerry spokesman Frederick Jones:
"Senator Kerry traveled to Syria this weekend. This is his third trip to Damascus since becoming Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in January 2009, and his fifth trip to Damascus as a senator. Chairman Kerry planned to speak with President Assad about a range of issues critical to the stability of the region. Senator Kerry has consistently said that while the United States has serious, long-standing disagreements with Syria, in particular its support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, Syria can play a critical role in bringing peace and stability if it makes the strategic decision to do so. Since becoming Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kerry has emerged as one of the primary American interlocutors with the Syrian government."
One cannot help but wonder why the Obama administration and its supporters are expending so much effort on Syria. Assad has told them no - to stopping support for Iran and Hezbullah - so many times and yet they won't take no for an answer. It's not like Syria is a superpower or has vast oil resources that make them a key member of the 'international community.' So why all the time and effort?


At 3:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Good question. And its not like Syria is break free from the embrace of the Russian bear.

John Kerry has shown us the value of "smart" diplomacy. Maximum wooing with zero return to show for it.



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