‘Washington has gone from ‘regime change’ to ‘political transition‘ in Syria, but we are not stupid’

‘Washington has gone from ‘regime change’ to ‘political transition‘ in Syria, but we are not stupid’

 ‘Washington has gone from ‘regime change’ to ‘political transition‘ in Syria, but we are not stupid’
RT Op-Edge, Published time: 16 Dec, 2015 13:57
It is a good sign that John Kerry visited Moscow and had high-level meetings, but we must remember that US foreign policy will not change on a dime, said Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
RT: Washington appears to be backing away from previous calls to isolate Russia… What is behind the apparent change in policy?
Daniel McAdams: I think, first of all, diplomacy is always good. It is a very good sign that John Kerry actually went to Moscow, made the effort to go out there and had these high-level meetings. I think it is something very positive. However, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here because policy doesn’t change on a dime. But what is the reason for this apparent shift, I think the facts on the grounds have changed in places like – particularly – Syria.
Russia was very assertive several months ago and they literally changed the situation. The US was not counting on Russia being so assertive. They were well into the stages of planning a ‘no-fly zone’ which would have been a hub for the US-preferred rebels to operate from to continue the US policy – which has not abated – of overthrowing the government of Assad. The Russian move into Syria, based on a bilateral agreement with the Syrian government, has changed the facts on the ground. The aggressive American rhetoric, along with control of the skies and the ground in Syria, ended, and I think Washington took a long time to find its feet. And I think now they might be trying to attract some flies with honey instead of vinegar, as we say here. (…)

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