Remember about a year ago when the admin was all a fire on the fact that Assad must go….he must go for the good of the Syrian people……and then all the gassing of civilians was forgotten as quickly as they had come up with the original idea……ISIS was on the move and all eyes turned to Iraq (again)……..
Then the admin started a tap dance on what should be done to curb the rise of ISIS……send more US troops to Iraq as “advisers”…..send in the Air Force to pound the be-jezzus out of them……prop up the Iraqi regime (again)…..
When not thinking of Iraq their (the admin) with cash and supplies…..thoughts came around to Syria (again)….but this time it was a rehash of the myth of the ‘moderate’ rebels……and a plan was hatched to train and arm these moderates to fight ISIS in Syria…..and while this plan was being bounced around the inevitable question return to Assad. What shall we do about Assad?
And then the miracle of miracles happened….Assad’s troops staring making head way fighting the Islamists and even some of the ISIS brigades……and now the question remains….should he (Assad) go or should he stay?
But then a story that few were willing to report…….
Speaking to reporters at G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia on November 16, US President Barack Obama dismissed reports of pending changes in Syria policy, saying “We have not had a comprehensive review of Syria. We’ve had a comprehensive review of what are we doing each and every week” in the military campaign to defeat the Islamic State.
Asked pointedly if he was actively discussing ways to remove Assad in the context of plans for a political transition in Syria, Obama responded with a simple “No.”
Obama’s clarity on Syria stood in contrast to an unusual presentation by US Secretary of State John Kerry the next day on how the Islamic State and the government of Syria are actually “co-dependent” or “symbiotic,” that is, they need each other as enemies, and the US must build and back a “moderate center” in Syria.
Interesting quote from a story printed in Al-Monitor……..so to clarify….is that we have NO intention of ousting Assad?
At what point do these people that are paid to know the situation and plan the direction of policy actually start doing their job?
Confusion of which page they are suppose to be on is never quite clear……..just like their policy in the Middle East……but that is NOT something new. Stupidity has always been the basis of US Middle East foreign policy.