• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Obama Administration Finally Recognizes Annan's Failure in Syria

    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on April 9, 2012 shows a Syrian soldier sitting atop a tank as troops deploy in Saqba on the outskirts of Damascus.

    After several weeks of continuous carnage, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that “If the regime’s intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat.”

    But the “international community”—which often amounts to little more than an empty euphemism on many critical issues—remains divided. Russia, China, and Iran continue to support the Assad dictatorship, which blatantly violates the Annan plan on a daily basis. Moreover, Moscow diplomatically protects the Assad regime by blocking strong action at the U.N. Security Council.

    Despite the U.N.’s obvious failure to stem the bloodshed in Syria, a spokesman Friday insisted that the Annan plan remains “on track.” But although it may remain “on track” to provide the illusion of progress in resolving Syria’s increasingly bloody internal conflict, it is doing little to slow Assad’s killing machine. Indeed, the U.N. observer mission is ludicrously tiny, at Russia’s insistence, with only 40 U.N. observers (increasing to a mere 64 by this weekend) deployed in a country that is bigger than the state of North Dakota.

    Annan’s diplomatic charade benefits Assad by buying time for his thugs to crush the rebellion and benefits Russia and Iran by helping them salvage a brutal Middle East ally. But it does little to protect Syria’s suffering people. And it does nothing to advance U.S. national interests by ridding the Middle East of a major exporter of terrorism that is closely allied to Iran.

    The mess in Syria is in part attributable to the Obama Doctrine, which led Washington to unsuccessfully seek to engage with the Assad regime while soft-pedaling criticism of its longstanding human rights abuses and support for terrorism. When it became clear that the Administration’s naïve approach to Assad had failed miserably, it instinctively relied only on “soft power” and subcontracted U.S. policy to the United Nations, where Russia easily could block effective action.

    Jay Carney has recognized that when it comes to Syria, the Emperor has no clothes. He may have been speaking of Kofi Annan, but the same condition also applies to his boss, President Obama.

    This does not mean that the U.S. should launch a military intervention inside Syria or provide arms to Syrian opposition groups that may only replace Assad’s dictatorship with an Islamist dictatorship. But the Obama Administration must abandon wishful thinking about the nature of the Assad regime, the effectiveness of the United Nations, and the supposed benefits of its “reset” of relations with Russia if it is to successfully resolve the worsening crisis in Syria.

    See: Next Steps for U.S. in Syria Crisis

    Posted in Featured [slideshow_deploy]

    2 Responses to Obama Administration Finally Recognizes Annan's Failure in Syria

    1. BIggbear says:

      Annan may have failed in Stria but is this fool here in the U.S admitting to his own world wide Failer. NOT! This Kenyen fool wouldn't know reality when it jumped up a B-slapped him!

    2. Luke says:

      The Syria situation is much more complicated than people want to admit. On the one side you have Bashar Assad, a 2nd-generation dictator who is an Iranian proxy and responsible for both the massacre of thousands of his own people and the export of terrorism around the world. On the other side you have the rebels, an unorganized leaderless mob comprising mostly of Muslims who may enact Sharia law and persecute the minority groups, including Christians, who are currently protected by Assad if they take control.

      The only feasible solution I have read about is creating a security zone in the northern section of Syria for these rebels to get organized and form a clear message of what their intentions for governing are after Assad falls, which will allow the US and the world to make a more informed decision on whether or not to support them. My only concern with this idea is Turkey's role in protecting such a zone. Turkey has taken a sharp turn towards Islamization and may have a detrimental influence on the rebels. However, if other countries participate and negate Turkey's influence, this is the short-term fix that will set the stage for better long-term fix options.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.