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Mini Neo-Con Wake-up on Syria

John Bolton has an incredibly rambling piece on Syria in National Review here where he is frustrated that the Bush folks did not work through the whole of the region after the fall of Saddam… But mostly he recognizes the terrible position that most of his fellow travelers, not to mention Syrians, find themselves in right now:

“Finally, in Syria itself, we should do now what we could have begun to do ten years ago (and what the Obama White House at least says it is doing now): find Syrian rebel leaders who are truly secular and who oppose radical Islam; who will disavow al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups; and who will reject Russian and Iranian hegemony over their country. We will need some reason to believe that this opposition can prevail against not only the Assad regime but also the terrorists and fanatics who also oppose Assad. This must be not a faith-based judgment but a clear-eyed assessment of reality. Such is the kind of opposition that, assuming it exists, we should support, aiming for regime change in Damascus when — and only when — it becomes feasible on our terms. On this matter, too, we should tell our European allies that we want their support for something other than semiotic diplomacy. If we had pursued these kinds of policies after Saddam Hussein’s overthrow in 2003, we might today be in a very different place in the Middle East and have avoided much of the ongoing bloodshed. Better late than never.”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

June 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

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