John Kerry Is Off To Syria
By Micah Halpern
Friday February 13, 2009
I've Been Thinking:
Next week Senator John Kerry is headed to Syria where he will meet Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Kerry is not embarking on a fact finding mission.
Two things are happening here:
#2: The more significant reason for this trip by Kerry is to help the United States regain involvement and importance in the region. For the past 18 months the major Western player in the region has been Sarkozy of France who has been doing a very good job of moving Western priorities and interests along in the Middle East. This week alone, France has had high level meetings in Egypt and in Jordan. French leadership has played an essential role in setting acceptable limits on Iran.
Obama and the United States are embarking on a mission to wrestle back the mantel of leadership throughout the world.
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