The problem with the American position on Syria and the better alternative – yes it still exists
The NYT, finally, points out a major problem with the US strategy here: they are playing a very very dangerous game by insisting on a hardline in negotiations with the Russians for a solution. The US needs to have the political courage – based on moral and strategic convictions of what seems likely now in terms of violence if matters are pushed forward – to walk back some of its long held positions, especially the one that Assad must go.
Assad WILL go – it is pointless to FORCE this issue…. better to keep him in, severely weakened, decelerate the violence immediately…. and go to a political solution whereby the regimes ability and desire to exercise massive violence can be obliquely drained.
“..But that seeming understanding quickly broke down with Americans officials complaining privately that the Russian side had pulled back from the deal. A major sticking point, it later emerged, was the American insistence that the United Nations Security Council authorize steps to pressure Mr. Assad if he refused to go along under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which could be used to authorize tougher economic sanctions and, in theory, the use of force…”