"But the dispatch of emissaries, including former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Jeffery Feltman, would mark the highest-level U.S. administration visit in more than four years to Syria, which has been called a state sponsor of terrorism. Syria has been accused of building a secret nuclear reactor that was destroyed by Israeli bombers in 2007 and being behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
"It's a reversal of what we were trying to do," said John Hannah, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy who, as national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, worked on Syria policy in the Bush administration.
Hannah said he's skeptical of President Obama's plans, but he added that the gambit could yield a huge payoff if the U.S. is able to extract Syria from the anti-Western coalition in the Middle East, which is led by Iran." Foxnews
"It's a reversal of what we were trying to do," That's true. The Bush Administration policy was regime change pure and simple, no ifs ands or buts. The Syrian government tried to talk to the Bush White House for the last eight years to tell its side of the story. They were consistently rebuffed, often by Hannah. The Bush Administration had its own candidate for president of Syria waiting in the wings, a sort of Levantine Chalabi, but, it never quite seemed to work out in Damascus and the US was too tied up in Iraq for "other measures…"
"Syria, which has been called…" Sure. The power of description is a mighty power. All of you reading this… I can call you anything I like; child molester, adulterer, racist, whatever and I could make it "stick." "Information Operations" are the style of the neocons, the Bush Administration and their little foreign pals. Think such accusations through for yourselves.
Now we are sending Jeffrey (I don't care how it is spelt) Feltman to Damascus to render an opinion on the sincerity of the Syrians. When Feltman was US ambassador to Lebanon under Bush #43, he was an unrelenting enemy of the Syrians.
Are we serious about this or is this just more Bush policy under new management? p