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Syria Endgame?
France to Kerry: No Negotiated Solution With Assad

Having had compared Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to Hitler in the past, Secretary of State John Kerry said this weekend that the United States is open to negotiations with the dictator.

“We have to negotiate in the end,” Kerry said when asked whether the United States would be willing to negotiate with Assad. “We’ve always been willing to negotiate in the context of the Geneva I process,” he added, referring to a 2012 conference that called for a negotiated transition to end the conflict.

Kerry said the United States and other countries, which he did not name, were exploring ways to reignite the diplomatic process to end the conflict in Syria.

“What we’re pushing for is to get him (Assad) to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that,” Kerry said.

Well as of Monday, France has flat-out rejected Kerry’s formulation, saying that “Assad cannot be part of negotiated solution on Syria.”

This reflects the continuing determination of France to stay closely aligned with wealthy Gulf states in the current crisis, and is an interesting and timely reminder that in many ways Hollande’s government is more hawkish over Middle East issues than the Obama administration.

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  • rheddles

    Interesting in light of the assignment of the DeGaulle to American control in the Gulf as noted in a post above. Perhaps Hollande will be providing the spine when Baraq Hussein goes wobbly. Still, it seems like we’re being led by employees of Ringling Brothers.

    • f1b0nacc1

      That is an insult to Ringling Brothers

  • Kevin

    The Obama administration and the whole diplomatic establishment’s Cult of Negotiations undermine their position by constantly talking and negotiating and evaluating every action in how it will affect negotiations. Instead their shoukd formulate a plan to get what we want regardless of whether our adversaries will negotiate. Once we are in a position to get what we want and have deomnstrated the will to do so, then our adversaries will engage in fruitful negotiations – but we should not stop pursuing our objectives while negotiating. If you telegraph that evey move you take is to further negotiations your adversaries will treat you with contempt and you will have no bargaining power when you do negotiate. There’s a reason it’s called Good Cop Bad Cop not Good Cop Wuss Cop.

    • f1b0nacc1

      We have a tendency to regard negotiations as an end in and of themselves, so rather than employing negotiations in order to attain our objectives, we sacrifice our objectives to maintain negotiations.

  • Anthony

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