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Friday, March 31, 2017

ISIS update 3/31/2017..Status of Assad to be decided by Syrian people_Tillerson

‘Status of President Assad to be decided by Syrian people’ – Tillerson during his visit to Turkey

Breaking News: United States Syria Strategy Changes Under Donald Trump

Washington not seeking President Assad's ouster

McCain Furious At Rex Tillerson For Saying Assad Can Stay

The six year Syrian proxy war to dethrone president Bashar al Assad quietly ended with a whimper yesterday when at a news conference in the Turkish capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested the end of Bashar Assad’s presidency is no longer a prerequisite for a way out of the Syrian crisis, in a dramatic U-turn from Washington’s long-held policy.

“I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” said Tillerson at a joint conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu on Thursday, AFP reported. Later, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley echoed Tillerson, saying "Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out."

.... In other words, the entire proxy conflict, with thousands of lives lost, and millions of Syrian immigrants flooding Europe, has been for nothing.

Better yet, we have confirmation that Tillerson's pivot was indeed groundbreaking courtesy of John McCain's reaction. The Senate Armed Services Committee and prominent neocon said in a statement that "I am deeply disturbed by statements today by our Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations regarding the future of Bashar al-Assad in Syria."

McCain then slammed Tillerson, saying "Once again, U.S. policy in Syria is being presented piecemeal in press statements without any definition of success, let alone a realistic plan to achieve it."

The angry neocon continued: "ultimately, the administration’s statements today could lead America’s true allies and partners in the fight against ISIS to fear the worst: a Faustian bargain with Assad and Putin sealed with an empty promise of counterterrorism cooperation. I hope President Trump will make clear that America will not follow this self-destructive and self-defeating path."

He was not alone: Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham says if reports were accurate, “I fear it will be the biggest mistake since President Obama failed to act after drawing a red line against Assad’s use of chemical weapons." He added that "This would be crushing news to the Syrian opposition and to our allies throughout the Middle East. I fear it is a grave mistake."

With America's two biggest neocons slamming Trump's Syria reversal, it is safe to say that at least in this particular case, Trump made the right decision.

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