U.S. President Barack Obama is known to many of his advisors as a patient and cautious decision-maker, and his latest move to arm Syrian rebels is an indication of that. Its primary aim is to stop opposition losses, and it marks a turning point in Washington’s position after identifying key groups it can work with, and as it has lost confidence in a negotiated settlement.
U.S. meets the rebels
Ceding Syria to Hezbollah’s or Iran’s control is in its own way a “red line” for Washington and many regional actors, including Israel.Joyce Karam
Hezbollah and Iran
Russia and ground balance
By arming the opposition and calling for a U.N. investigation into chemical weapons use by the Assad regime, the United States has gone off the diplomatic train-track for the time being.Joyce Karam