President Putin’s guarantee of Assad’s survival has led many to call for a change of Obama’s Syria policy. Frankly, a policy re-think is needed. The deepening Russian intervention in the Middle East, Iran’s assertiveness in the region, the growing refugee crisis, the deteriorating stability of Syria’s neighbors, and ISIS’ cancerous spread are all crises that require pro-active American leadership to preserve and to advance U.S. national interests and to support Washington’s allies. However, President Obama is unlikely to use his UNGA speech as a stage to chart a new course, but instead, to defend his current course, which he will hope to maintain until he leaves office in 2017.
An attitude instead of a strategy
Signs indicate that Washington is receptive as well to Tehran and Moscow’s terms for a civil war settlementAndrew Bowen