I don’t have much to say about the below article from CNN other than the fact that it looks like the maneuvering for an escalation in conflicts after the elections is already happening, that there is no such thing as ‘moderate rebels’, and that nothing good could possibly come of this:
More than 50 State Department officials signed an internal memo protesting U.S. policy in Syria, calling for targeted U.S. military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and urging regime change as the only way to defeat ISIS.The cable says that U.S. policy in the Middle East has been “overwhelmed” by the continuing violence in Syria. It calls for a “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”
CNN reviewed a draft of the memo, which has since been classified. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the memo’s existence.
The internal memo was sent throughout the “dissent channel,” a mechanism for State Department officials to offer alternative views on foreign policy without freedom of retaliation or retaliation. It was established in the 1960s during the Vietnam War to ensure that senior leadership in the department would have access to alternative policy views on the war.
Sources familiar with the memo said the officials had been discussing sending it for some time, but they finally decided to move forward because negotiations with Russia over a political transition in Syria have all but collapsed and the fragile ceasefire continues to disintegrate. The memo says that neither Assad nor Russia have taken past ceasefires and negotiations seriously and suggests a more robust military approach was needed to force a transitional government in Syria.
President Barack Obama has resisted wading deeper into the Syria conflict, but officials familiar with the memo said the State Department officials could be trying to force a policy debate in the upcoming elections. Hillary Clinton has promised a tougher policy toward Assad, while Donald Trump has promised to get tough on ISIS but would work with Russia.
As I Sanders supporter, I must say #ImWithObama on this one, and don’t understand the rush to get deeper involved in a no-win situation.