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Syria President Bashar al-Assadís confident call for elections (WashPost)
Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2014 | By The Editorial Board

Posted on 04/22/2014 10:16:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

BASHAR AL-ASSAD is feeling confident enough to schedule an election six weeks from now that will extend his term as president by another seven years. And why not? Three years into the country’s civil war, Syrian government forces continue to make significant gains against rebels. This week they are reported to be close to recapturing the city of Homs, once considered the capital of the resistance. The regime has returned to using chemical weapons with impunity: Half a dozen attacks involving chlorine gas have been reported by opposition forces since last month. Though Mr. Assad is blockading the delivery of humanitarian aid to 4 million civilians in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, there has been no reaction.

Meanwhile, the United States — the one power with the means to end the horrific crimes against humanity that are paving Mr. Assad’s road to “reelection” — no longer even pretends to have a strategy. On March 26, Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson responded to questions about the administration’s policy from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by promising a classified briefing. Secretary of State John F. Kerry made the same pledge when senators from both parties demanded answers on April 8. The briefing has not yet been scheduled.

At the State Department’s regular news conference Monday, spokesman Jen Psaki acknowledged that Mr. Assad’s election contravened the Obama administration’s plan for internationally backed negotiations between the government and rebels on forming a transitional government. When asked whether the initiative was still alive, she answered: “We’re still working to determine what the next steps are.”

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1 posted on 04/22/2014 10:16:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee
[The incidents undermine the sole tangible accomplishment President Obama can claim in Syria: the removal and destruction of the regime’s chemical agents.]

This chemical weapon disposal program is a scam. Assad is letting the U.S. haul away obsolete and marginally stable munitions while retaining his best stock. Obama and the U.S. taxpayer is saving Assad millions of dollars by rendering this service.

2 posted on 04/22/2014 10:31:12 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

He will win. Kiled off his opponents. You keen he wouldn’t cheat?


3 posted on 04/22/2014 10:31:48 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This is what one gets when one votes for an affirmative action president, and no, I’m not talking about his skin color AT ALL. I’m talking about a man who is totally unfit ideology wise and completely unprepared experienced wise to be commander in chief and president of these United States!


4 posted on 04/22/2014 10:53:02 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Nice to see that the TERRORISTS are losing. They have DESTROYED enough churches and driven enough people from their homes for one war.

Enough is enough, it’s time for Assad to finish the job and then hopefully the millions of Christians driven from their homes will be able to return.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 2:54:16 AM PDT by BobL
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