Last week, US officials suggested what was seemingly a major policy change, insisting that the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad was up to the Syrian people, and that the US was accepting “reality” in moving away from demands for Assad’s ouster.
Today, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley dialed that change back quite a bit, insisting that “Assad is always a priority,” and that the US wants to see him changed as a war criminal. She also dismissed the idea of Assad participating in future elections, insisting that the Syrians “don’t want” Assad anymore.
This may result in the US policy change being a distinction without a difference, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s call to respect the will of the Syrian people doesn’t count for much if it is the Trump Administration themselves who get to decide what the Syrian people’s will is.
Around the election and ahead of the inauguration, President Trump was seen very keen on shifting US policy in Syria, focusing exclusively on ISIS and potentially ending the US program to arm the rebels. Recent reports, however, suggest that the arming of rebels has resumed, and the focus on ISIS might simply be a temporary shift in an open-ended US involvement in Syria.
27 thoughts on “US Envoy: Syrians Don’t Want Assad as Leader”
I have been reading a lot of bad reports about what Trump is doing . Of course it is fake news . But I did hear him come out in support of Ryan care . Which is not at all like what he promised . I was expecting many great changes from what Clinton Bush and Obama did . All of which was much more wrong than right . It now looks like by what I read Trump seems to be following the same agenda . I’am very disappointed in his health care plan and even strengthening our Military spending . I don’t know why he saw fit to bomb Yemen . And with the amount of debts we have I can not see tax cuts helping anything either .
Me too…. Yeah, I guess I was niave to think that Trump would provide the fresh break, not the failed no-win insanity of the last 16 years.. Looks like he’s been rolled, or that he never intended to ho against the Neocons… Jus goez to sho just how owned we are… We have slipped from first to last in setting our own course and being our own masters.
Right, we are still very much in the dark about Trumps foreign policy. He seems to have flip flopped, or is he carefully manoeuvring through the very powerful war parties, CIA, Pentagon, FBI and POG that try to prevent him to carry out his plans? I honestly I don’t know, just groping in the dark. It is a very confused situation. Time may tell?
After all the Trump bragging and repeated insistence that he opposed the Iraq war during the election now Trump greatly escalates the third U.S. ground war inside Iraq. The main stream media has almost blacked out any reporting of the recent U.S. escalation of U.S. ground forces on the front lines of the U.S. military offensive around Mosul, Iraq and extending into Raqqa, Syria.
only the majority. 🙂
all of them.
Trump’s priority should be to replace this creature. Where did he find her? She sounds like one of those ghastly neocon hags Obama put in important positions. How is she any better than the other thing, Power?
It is very that folk must call for the removal of this woman UN ambassador She must be removed.
It s clear policy against Syria and the overthrow of its government have not changed.
Indeed the “war against ISIS” is a cover for it.
Trump can stop paying their wages and arming them, just when did they stop working for America ?
They appear to be being used as as an “Antigroup” in a “Gladio” type operation
A majority of americans don’t want Trump anymore too.
Nice one ! he’s been Im power for a much shorter time than Assad too.
Nice, did you form your own opinion or are spewing unsubstantiated talking points? Why don’t you share your tangible, factual, personal firsthand irrefutable evidence that proves your assertion?? What’s that, you don’t actually have anything that would remotely qualify ??
I had assumed you had read the numerous polls showing Trump’s abysmal support. Of course if you don’t read the news or reject anything that offends you, you qualify as a “true believer.”
polls? you mean from the same people who promised you trump had no chance to win and that hillary would be the victor?? Your hilarious!
I noticed you didn’t actually answer my question, why is that??
What an arrogant person, how dare she declare who can participate in Syrian elections based on ‘what the Syrian people want’. Hey, let’s have the Iranians choose who can run in the next U.S. elections.
And how knows the USA whom the Syrians want as leader? That disgusting arrogance! But the day this obscene american smirk will be wiped is coming.
Another example of the swamp being filled with the same s**t.
Haley is just a neocon Israel-Firster warmonger.
“Syrians Don’t Want Assad as Leader”
Yeah right, Haley…
This must be why Mr. Assad won the latest election (in June 2014) with ~94% support. Right?
And he supports and protects the Christian population – unlike the USA and its apparent Islamophilia.
Now throw in the latest false flag gas attack and here we go again.
Yeah, that’s scary. McCain has already come out blaming everyone for not intervening earlier. Of course no one will wait until any real facts are in. Assad will be blamed even though he has the most to lose and absolutely nothing to gain. Bombs away.
So who cares after everything settles down in Syria in what 20 years then elections might be held and people can vote. If they don’t want Assad the he loses the election.
Syria never did anything to us.
Nikki Haley: STFU!
What a difference a week makes. No wonder the US is the laughing stock of the planet.
Haley is obviously a cabal shill. The people of Syria … unlike the US had an open election and Assad won.
Is Nikki Haley a CIA ASSet ?
It appears that the CIA has compromised President Trump.
pray tell Nikki,. how would you know? ohh you don’t actually know, you’re just spewing your owners orders! Who is your owner, Nikki? obama? clinton? soros? someone higher up on the food chain?
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