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Sen. John Kerry’s About-Face on Syria's Assad

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:57 AM

By Martin Gould

Former Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry has finally realized it’s time to give up on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee admits the Assad government is no longer willing to reform — a sharp U-turn from his views of just two months ago, reports The Cable.

kerry, syria, assad"He obviously is not a reformer now," Kerry said. "I've always said the top goal of Assad is to perpetuate his own regime."

But The Cable points out that Kerry is rewriting history on that point. On March 16 the Massachusetts Senior Senator told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that he thought Syria was no lost cause.

"My judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it," he said at the time.

Assad’s government has cracked down hard on protesters trying to force him out of office. Hundreds have been killed and thousands more arrested.

Kerry has met Assad six times over the past two years, The Cable points out.

The man who followed Kerry as the loser in a presidential election claimed vindication for his view that Assad was always bad news. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said to think of the Syrian leader as a reformer was "one of the great delusionary views in recent foreign policy history."

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