Senator John F. Kerry said Wednesday that President Bashar Assad of Syria expressed a willingness to work with the United States to bring stability to Iraq, and said Assad personally offered assistance that Kerry plans to convey to the Bush administration.
Kerry -- who visited Syria along with Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, despite the administration's opposition to the trip -- said the meeting with Assad reinforced the need to follow the Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the US government directly engage Syria and Iran to find a way forward in Iraq.
"He offered some very direct and concrete ways in which they could be helpful in Iraq," Kerry said in an interview conducted by telephone from Damascus. "I came away with a distinct feeling that there are opportunities here. There are fronts in which we can work together if people are inclined to."
Kerry said the Assad government is interested in approaching the Iraq war from a regional perspective, where other Middle East issues -- including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- are part of the equation. The Massachusetts Democrat said he would not publicly discuss the substance of his talks with Assad until he has fully briefed State Department officials about his visit...........
Why wouldn't we want to take them up on this? Politics makes strange allies. We have partnered w/Pakistan- an authoritarian Muslim country with nuclear weapons which is run by a military general, and whose intelligence agency is funding the opposition in Afghanistan. So what if Syria isn't faultless. They are pursuing their interests while we are pursuing ours. I don't understand the audacity of this administration in thinking that every country should line up with American interests, even if its against their interests and the interests of their people, or face the consequences.
8. his dad worked with the cia over certain mutual problems
the kid is`t a favorite of the new cia. that`s kin`a a simple explanation but pretty accurate. a lot of the cooperation was the mutual problems with the muslum brotherhood which dad went to war with in syria and saddam hussien.
some of the typos - are you saying that the CIA likes Assad because his father helped them because he fought against Muslim brotherhood in Syria. (Aren't they also the group that asascinated Sadat and caused trouble in Eqypt.)
(I'm asking as it sounds like you know far more about Syria than I do (which is easy) )
16. Assad would only say this to Americans he trusts as HONEST BROKERS for that region.
Edited on Thu Dec-21-06 10:59 AM by blm
And this is the third time he's spoken with Kerry about his ideas to help - what Bush, the Congress, and the American media do with this information tells alot about their commitment to an honest solution.
By ADAM ZAGORIN/WASHINGTON Posted Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006
The Bush Administration has been quietly nurturing individuals and parties opposed to the Syrian government in an effort to undermine the regime of President Bashar Assad. Parts of the scheme are outlined in a classified, two-page document that says that the U.S. already is "supporting regular meetings of internal and diaspora Syrian activists" in Europe. The document bluntly expresses the hope that "these meetings will facilitate a more coherent strategy and plan of actions for all anti-Assad activists."
NOoooo, we can't have ANY cooperation by Syria in trying to stabilize Iraq, damn it!
29. i am interested in hearing more of what he has to say about Assad and Syria.
I believe the US may actually be able to accomplish something if we can at least agree to begin an open dialog with Syria and Iran- even though we don't like or trust them. Both of these countries are involved in some capacity in Iraq right now, better to talk with them and bring it all out in the open.
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