There were no groundbreaking announcements or game changers on Syria in U.S. President Barack Obama’s “West Point” speech yesterday. But there was a shift, as Obama departed from his usual political talking points into embracing a counterterrorism approach and supporting moderate rebels as a “counterweight” to both al-Qaeda elements and the Assad regime.
From Geneva to counterterrorism
Obama shied away from adopting any military game changers on Syria. There are none that the administration is willing to exercise such as boots on the groundJoyce Karam