Saturday, April 02, 2011

Syria’s ‘Reformer’ - Charles Krauthammer - National Review Online

Syria’s ‘Reformer’ - Charles Krauthammer - National Review Online

Krauthammer on Clinton's comments of March 27: Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.— Hillary Clinton on Bashar al-Assad
Syria has contemptuously rejected Obama’s blandishments — obsequious visits from Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry and the return of the first U.S. ambassador to Damascus since the killing of Hariri. Assad’s response? An even tighter and more ostentatious alliance with Hezbollah and Iran.

Our ambassador in Damascus should demand to meet the demonstrators and visit the wounded. If refused, he should be recalled to Washington. And rather than “deplore the crackdown,” as did Clinton in her walk-back, we should be denouncing it in forceful language and every available forum, including the U.N. Security Council.

No one is asking for a Libya-style rescue. Just simple truth-telling. If Kerry wants to make a fool of himself by continuing to insist that Assad is an agent of change, well, it’s a free country. But Clinton speaks for the nation.

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