"...This requires purposeful aid that meets Palestinians’ needs in Gaza, denies Hamas and its sponsors political credit for reconstruction, reinvigorates Palestinian reform and supports the US policy objectives in the region, including the realization of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.Such a framework needs to safeguard Israel’s and Egypt’s security concerns, by ensuring not only that Hamas is denied an opportunity to rearm,..."
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rebuilding Gaza | TheHill
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 3:01 PM
Monday, August 25, 2014
"... Crocker, on the other hand, has long argued that the Assad regime may be bad, but it doesn't pose nearly the same threat compared with the Islamic State, which previously called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS....Crocker also thinks the U.S. needs to launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria as well as Iraq — even if that means some coordination with Assad..."
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 9:35 AM
Saturday, August 23, 2014
"Assad recognizes that the Western opening will be in secret, and via security channels and not diplomacy"
"... Assad is not expecting the West to perform a policy U-turn soon, the sources said. But having secured territory seen as vital for his survival, time is on Assad's side as he takes the long view in the struggle for Syria."The regime recognizes that the Western opening will be in secret, and via security channels and not diplomacy. The political-diplomatic opening needs longer," said Salem Zahran, a Lebanese journalist with close ties to the Syrian government. "But the regime believes that the whole world will come to coordinate with it under the slogan 'fighting terrorism'."
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 10:44 PM
Friday, August 22, 2014
"... Fast forward a year, and authoritative word has winged its way across the Atlantic from the Pentagon – in the shape of a joint press conference by the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the defence secretary, no less – that the only way to halt the advance of Islamic State (Isis) in northern Iraq is to bomb ... Syria. But this time not the forces – official and unofficial – of Assad, but the Syria of his enemies. Because, hey, we have revised our view of the lesser evil..."
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 8:26 AM
This is precisely what Sy Hersh told me and a group of friends back in June! And to be more precise, it is the Special Forces (USSOCOM) who are doing it!
"... The U.S. is again fully at war in Iraq. But bombing in Syria, it seems to me, will be left to the Syrian air-force. For some days now it has attacked IS targets in Raqqa with precise ammunition, not with the usual "barrel bombs". Precise weapons need precise intelligence to designate precise targets. Two knowledgeable journalist from the region have suggested that the U.S. is providing such targeting data to the Syrian government ..."
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 8:19 AM