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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:18 PM

After the election, a new push on Syria

Source: CNN

(CNN) -- The United States and its allies are gearing up for a new push to unify the Syrian opposition and topple President Bashar al-Assad. They are looking to exploit battlefield gains by the rebels and change the trajectory of the conflict before Syria collapses into a patchwork of local fiefdoms -- and the violence explodes rather than seeps beyond Syria's borders.

With the U.S. election out of the way and growing concerns about the rise of jihadist groups within Syria, Western powers are now engaging groups fighting inside Syria, rather than the exiled and ineffectual Syrian National Council. The ultimate goal may be to create a safe zone -- a slice of liberated Syria -- where the opposition can form an interim government.

U.S. and British diplomats are concerned that over the last year, the initiative has been yielded to countries like Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and to "nonstate actors" from countries like Libya. They have been picking sides among the diverse brigades of the Free Syrian Army, paying the salaries of FSA fighters and sending weapons.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/world/meast/syria-five-things/index.html

Obama is now faced with the same choice that Lyndon Johnson had in 1964.

As loyal Democrats, and Americans who are tired of optional wars and armed regime changes, we should encourage our President to not ruin his presidency by escalating the war.

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Response to leveymg (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:00 PM

1. I think this is media cheerleading, more than it is reality.

The US had already, with imperial arrogance, lodged its demands with the Syrian opposition - provided lists of names for a new leadership, etc. This was before the election. What will happen is that it will remain clear that the Salafi insurgents are the real muscle on the ground. I hope that the US will continue resisting the Anglo-French pressure to support them. Obama has the unique opportunity to prevent World War 3 by resisting elite pressures regarding Iran and Syria.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:32 PM

2. +1

From my perspective, this arrogant harassment is similar to the unilateral harassment lodged at Iran and Iraq.

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