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Colonel Lang, Curious as to your assessment. I have read elsewhere - I think reports based on Wikileaks - that US policy in Syria is best described as a cunning – if misguided and reprehensible - policy of ensuring that neither side (Assad or the Jihadis) win outright, with continuing stalemate the preferred outcome. Similarly, Obama's attempts to engage Assad were undermined by parallel efforts at regime change that were visible to the Syrian government, but with no real concern about the mixed messages that this sent and which doomed the effort. I wonder how much this is not a case of being too clever by half (or arrogance that ignores the other side's reactions), but instead simply reflects a real schizophrenia with different elements of the US govt pursuing opposite agendas, as suggested by Hersh?.
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Dec 22, 2015