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Hawks in Obama administration dream on Syrian government overthrow

On June 17 Wall Street Journal has published information that “dozens of State Department officials this week protested against U.S. policy in Syria, signing an internal document that calls for targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.
The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 State Department officers… The views expressed by the U.S. officials in the cable amount to a scalding internal critique of a longstanding U.S. policy against taking sides in the Syrian war… The State Department acknowledged the existence of the cable, which is a formal, confidential diplomatic communication… Obama administration officials have expressed concern that attacking the Assad regime could lead to a direct conflict with Russia and Iran”.
It is hard to imagine the link between military strikes against the Damascus government and victory over ISIS. This problem naturally provoked some questions to Obama administration. The next day Deputy Press Secretary Jennifer Friedman was asked: “Is there any reaction from the White House to the internal State Department memo that’s very critical of the President’s Syria policy?”
Ms. Friedman answered she has not read memo yet but it contradicts to Obama’s approach to Syrian problem: “First, the President has always been clear that he doesn’t see a military solution to the crisis in Syria. And that remains the case. And so we’re focused on the threat posed by ISIL and terrorist groups in Syria”. She stressed twice “that the President has been clear and continues to be clear that he doesn’t see a military solution to the crisis in Syria”. Jennifer Friedman added: “That doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be discussions or a variety of conversations and a variety of opinions, but that fundamental principle still remains”.
The discussion may rise from the position of circles round Clinton. Despite the lack of evidence linking Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen to Daesh (ISIS) in any operational (direct) sense, the first inclination of Hillary Clinton was to renew American bombing of Syria, Iraq and Libya.


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