Neo-Cons Target Assad Regime

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

Having never seen a Middle Eastern nation in which they didn’t want to meddle, the neocons are now beating the drums for intervention in the Syrian uprising.

Of course, we already know from other sources that this uprising, like the one in Libya, isn’t what it appears to be, but rather is led by the CIA, so it is hardly surprising that the neocons are in favor of involvement in it, since they are probably the authors of it.

Scott

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Neo-Cons Target Assad Regime
By Jim Lobe

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55075

WASHINGTON, Mar 30, 2011 (IPS) – Despite the clear opposition of the Barack Obama administration and apparent ambivalence on the part of the right-wing government in Israel, neo-conservative hawks here have set their sights on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who they hope will be the next domino to fall to the so-called “Arab Spring”.

In a much-noted op-ed published Saturday by the Washington Post, Elliot Abrams, who served as George W. Bush’s top Mideast adviser, called for the administration to take a series of diplomatic and economic measures similar to those taken against Libya before the U.S. and NATO’s military intervention, to weaken Assad’s hold on power and embolden the opposition.

He was joined the same day by the Wall Street Journal’s hard-line editorial page which urged Washington to support the opposition “in as many ways as possible”.

“It’s impossible to know who would succeed Assad if his minority Allawite regime fell, but it’s hard to imagine many that would be worse for U.S. interests,” the Journal’s editorial board asserted. Its increasingly neo-conservative counterpart at the Washington Post, which last week called Assad “an unredeemable thug”, urged the administration to side “decisively with those in Syria seeking genuine change”.

And on Tuesday, a major candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, chimed in with a full-throated endorsement of Abrams’ recommendations and described Assad himself as a “killer”.

The latest campaign, which comes as the administration finds itself ever more deeply embroiled in a civil war in Libya and remains pre-occupied by challenges to friendly regimes in Bahrain and Yemen, was launched as it became clear over the past week that Assad faces what most observers here believe is the biggest crisis of his nearly 11-year-old reign.

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