The Obama administration’s initiative to set up a new Syrian opposition council, possibly to serve as an interim government following the fall of the Assad regime, appeared to have failed on Thursday before the convention in Qatar even began.
One day before the official start of the conference, at which Syrian opposition activists selected by the State Department were to meet, “three of the dissident bodies included in the US-backed initiative refused to attend,” diplomats and opposition figures told the Daily Telegraph.
“There are too many people against this initiative for it to work now,” said a western diplomat who chose to remain anonymous.
News of the US’s latest failure in solving the Syrian crisis came as Turkey said it was aiming to deploy NATO’s Patriot missiles on its border with Syria as a response to the alleged cross-border threat posed from Syria. But talk of that threat is incomplete without mentioning the fact that Turkey has been aiding the rebels and aiming for regime change in Syria.
This is only the most recent failure in a catalogue of past US failures to gain control of Syria, going back several decades. But it seemed doomed to failure from the beginning, as the technocrats in Washington have very little local knowledge of the internal dynamics in Syria.
Many opposition activists not included in the Doha meeting expect the effort to be another failed attempt to unify the opposition.
“Right now, the opposition groups are very vague and there’s no agreement on who’s representing who and what and where,” one opposition activist told The Cable last week. “Right now there is a lot of risk that this will be another failed approach that will not achieve anything.”
8 thoughts on “US Initiative to Set Up Syrian Opposition Council Collapses”
I cannot, will not believe this situation. The U.S. never fails in its activities!
Of course, there was Iraq, and Vietnam, and…
But we all know who has the "knowledge of the internal dynamics in Syria"…
John Glaser of course…
…not the current 'President' of Syria Bashar al-Assad…whose "fall" 'seems' imminent–as it has 'seemed' for months now…to Glaser that is…
Any normal individual would accept by now the reality that US policies and actions in the Middle East and Asia from the Vietnam era on to the present and it seems for the future will inevitably lead to the same outcome as Vietnam.
The days when the disgusting actions of Madelein Allbright as to the "rights" of the US to determine who should rule Iraq even if it cost the "killing of over 500,000 Iraki children", are no more. The present US top representative at the UN [Susan Rice] reflects the inadequacy if not stupidity of a US posture. Ms. Clinton and associated neocons [Lieberman, McCain, Graham] still adhere to the idea that the US is "uber alles".
Tough gig Hillary, better keep at it.
My guess Hillary will leave after the term not with a big bang, but with a little whimper. Maybe she will resign like the CIA head, citing marital infidelity instead of the "professional incompetence" ?
Hmmm. Just by look at her she would be able to claim extra-marital affair only with somebody totally blind, deaf and stupid. And that man would have to be also totally self-loathing individual. That means that we are stuck with her – she will hold dearly to her position and only a newly created job of omnipotent oblivion as was created for Bush's puppy Blair can save us all.
I am not surprised at all by failure of this US endeavor. The thing in Syria has always been about religion as was every rebellion, uprising or fight over there since establishment of the country after fall of Ottoman Empire. The main sponsors of Syrian "opposition" are involved precisely for the religion matters. Sunni dictators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar joined by government of Turkey and other Sunni countries ganged up with help of US and former colonial powers of GB and France against Shiites around al-Assad. They pay mercenaries and buy them arms.They are not going to let US decide who will be the king of Syria.
Ever since the powers in D.C.ignored the fact that Hillary's pistol was found wiped clean on Vince Foster in Marcey Park, she has been running completely amok. Hillary IS Mona Desmond does D.C..
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