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Friday, 24 January 2014

US policy on Assad removal 'nonsensical'

The Obama administration’s regime change policy for Syria is another example of the failed American strategy in the Middle East, Veterans Today columnist Jim W. Dean says.
“It’s another example of nonsensical American strategy, and while it’s going on, more and more Syrians are dying and suffering,” Dean told Press TV on Wednesday.
“Totally there’re some idiots thinking that they want to play a colonialist empire in the Middle East in 2014,” he added.
During his opening statement Wednesday at a conference about the Syria crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that President Bashar al-Assad should not be part of a transitional government.
"We see only one option, negotiating a transition government born by mutual consent," Kerry said. 
"That means that Bashar Assad will not be part of that transition government.”
The Syrian government and members of the opposition gathered in Montreux, Switzerland, for negotiations aimed at ending the country’s three-year unrest.

Dean said, 
“It really hasn’t come as a surprise to see the US still going for broke now on having Assad removed as part of any type of ‘settlement’.”
“What the Obama administration is trying to do now is although [its strategy] has been a disaster- they’ve basically lost- they’re continuing the war in terms of having a settlement by basically saying that anybody that wants to come [to the talks] like Iran, you’d have to agree that we win,” he stated.
“Why should Assad step down when all he said is if we have an election and I don’t win, the people reject me, I’m gone. And for Western countries that promote democracy it’s an absolute astonishment to say that oh no we can’t wait and have an election, we want you out now,” the columnist argued.

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