Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Well, Perhaps the World Set That "Assad Has to Go" Line

After five years, our foreign policy idiocy can't be explained away as amateur hour. Assad will be our blood-soaked partner to achieve "stability" in Syria.

This is truly a special moment in face-plant diplomacy:

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources said.

The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al Qaeda and other militant groups, and their takeover of a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army, the sources told Reuters.

I do believe I called this revolution in thinking back in September.