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Apparent Split in Obama Admin: Or Feltman vs. Clinton?

Anthony has an excellent piece with Bouthaina Shaaban today in the NYT.

The key graph for me, and some others, is this:

“Assad is not capable of implementing these reforms,” the official said. “He’s not capable. He knows that if he did, it would be the end of him. He would fall.”

But in contrast to Libya, where the United States insists that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi step down, American officials have simply repeated calls for Mr. Assad to meet popular demands, and Ms. Shaaban’s outreach seemed aimed at addressing some calls for change. But even if the government fails to placate the opposition, she suggested that international condemnation had so far been muted…”

— This sounds like Feltman, who has regularly gone anonymous to express a harder line on matters.

The real question here, if it is him: Has he “gone rogue” when it comes to Syria. Because last week week his boss HRC said QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

One really has to wonder: has the Cedar Revolution he helped orchestrate (and undermine) cut him so deep that he is off the reservation.

Is he to Lebanon what Dennis Ross is to Israel?


Written by nickbiddlenoe

May 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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