The point man is Secretary of State John Kerry who doesn’t communicate much with Congress. He works for Barack Obama who doesn’t discuss much with Congress either. “The Lone Ranger” and Tonto ride again.
Does it make sense for the US could segregate and identify Syrian rebels who oppose Bashar al-Assad and who also oppose ISIL? Does it then make sense to engage in training the now US-aligned rebels?
If that makes sense, then try this. Would it not make sense to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad to initiate a democratic election that would result in a new Syrian government that is inclusive of all sects in Syria?
If you say that the latter would make sense if Assad and his cronies would go along. If then, why isn’t that approach working in Iraq? You see, it’s the same problem with different actors in different parts.
Now, Americans are trying to prop up the Iraqi military while simultaneously trying to encourage Maliki to vacate office. Maliki argues that his parliament just elected him to a new term in April, and he has until July to seat a new government.
What are the same between Maliki and Assad? The answer is that both represent different forms of dysfunctional government with each being from opposite Islamic sects, and both being opposed to Western impositions.
President of Syria
Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria, General Secretary of the Ba’ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party’s branch in Syria.
Born: September 11, 1965 (age 48), Damascus, Syria
Spouse: Asma al-Assad (m. 2000)
Office: President of Syria since 2000
Parents: Aniseh al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad
Siblings: Maher al-Assad, Bassel al-Assad, Bushra al-Assad, Majd al-Assad
Children: Karim al-Assad, Zein al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad”
Assad being from the Ba’ath Party (Arab Socialist Party) is significant.
“‘Unity, liberty, socialism’
The slogan “Unity, liberty, socialism” is the key tenet in Ba’athist thought. Unity stood for the creation of an independent, strong Arab Nation (see “Arab Nation” section). Liberty did not mean liberal democracy, but rather freedom from colonial oppression and freedom of speech and thought. Aflaq believed that the Ba’ath Party, at least in theory, would rule, and guide the people, in a transitional period of time without consulting the people, however he did support intra-party democracy. The last tenet, ‘socialism’, did not mean socialism as it is defined in the West, but rather a unique form of Arab socialism. According to Ba’athist thought, socialism had originated under the rule of Muhammad. The original interpretation of Arab socialism did not answer questions such as: how much state control was necessary, or economic equality; but instead focused on freeing the Arab Nation and its people from colonization and oppression in general.”
Prime Minister of Iraq
Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki, also known as Jawad al-Maliki or Abu Esraa is the Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Al-Maliki and his government succeeded the Iraqi Transitional Government.
Born: June 20, 1950 (age 64), Hindiya, Iraq
Full name: Nuri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki
Office: Prime Minister of Iraq since 2006
Spouse: Faleeha Khalil
Education: University of Baghdad
Children: Esraa al-Maliki”
Maliki’s political party affiliation is also significant.
“Islamic Dawa Party
The Islamic Dawa Party, also known as the Islamic Call Party (Arabic: حزب الدعوة الإسلامية Ḥizb Al-Daʿwa Al-Islāmiyya), is a political party in Iraq. Dawa and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council are two of the main parties in the religious-Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, which won a plurality of seats in both the provisional January 2005 Iraqi election and the longer-term December 2005 election. The party is led by Nouri al-Maliki, who is also the current Prime Minister of Iraq. The party backed the Iranian Revolution and also Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the Iran-Iraq War and the group still receives financial support from Tehran despite ideological differences with the Islamic Republic.