Obama’s Hands-Off Syria Policy is all about Iran

0512obamasyria01By Frederic C. Hof

(A boy escapes with his belongings after a barrel bomb was dropped by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Aleppo’s al-Fardous district on April 2, 2015. A senior Barack Obama aide has explained the rationale behind ignoring Assad’s murderous regime and pressing Iran to abandon its nuclear program, the author writes.

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This article was first published on the Atlantic Council site.

Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, is the subject of David Samuels’s piece in The New York Times headlined “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign Policy Guru.”
If Jeffrey Goldberg’s March story in The Atlantic on the “Obama doctrine” was not a sufficient foreign policy Rosetta Stone to decode an administration absolutely without precedent, the Samuels piece supplies the missing hieroglyphs.

The Oval Office, it seems, circumvented the “American foreign policy establishment” (“the Blob”) to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran that “would create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey.”

 

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