by Tony Badran
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shakes hands with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns during the latter’s recent trip to
The Obama administration last week made a major diplomatic opening to
Administration officials leaked to the media, on background, that the Burns visit was intended to “isolate
This strategy will not work. Indeed, it may be no strategy at all. Despite its eagerness to engage with
Obama, as The New York Times has reported, also hopes to “benefit from a global perception” that he has “reached out to
Important actors in the region are unnerved by the fact that the administration appears incapable of hearing the most pressing concerns of its anxious allies. Consider
American media outlets friendly to the White House praised Barack Obama’s efforts to move closer to
That is partially why the leaked justifications for the
There is incoherence in the Obama administration’s position. For example, the administration is spinning its engagement of
The administration is setting a perfect trap for itself by giving
Further complicating matters, the administration’s outreach couldn’t have had worse optics. While Burns was visiting
The Obama administration’s
Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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