December 29, 2012

A Package Deal for Iran and Syria

Jim Hoagland, Washington Post

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Syria’s Alawite regime collapses from within and without. High-level defections march in step with rebel gains through the Sunni heartland. The Obama administration’s signature regional strategy — described in a Freudian slip by a French career diplomat here as “waiting from behind” — now badly trails events.

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TAGGED: Syria, Iran, Barack Obama


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