Kerry Convenes With Bashar Assad- The Dictator of Damascus
John Kerry gets a jump start on the Iraq Study Group recommendations.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) meets U.S. Senators Christopher Dodd (C)and John Kerry (R) in Damascus December 20, 2006. (REUTERS/SANA)
And predictably, Kerry urged the US to begin talks (like his) with the Assad regime- the same regime that is assisting the insurgents in Iraq:
WASHINGTON –Sen. John Kerry emerged from his meeting Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad even more resolute in his belief the United States must begin talks with Damascus as it seeks a solution to the turmoil in Iraq.
“I feel quite confident in saying this was a conversation worth having and that the (Bush) administration ought to pursue it,” Kerry said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Jerusalem, where he traveled after meeting with Assad in Syria. “I feel very strongly about that. … It’s worth following up on a number of avenues.”
Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., both prospective 2008 presidential candidates, met with Assad for about two hours as part of a Mideast trip. Kerry described the meeting as “a candid and thorough discussion.”
A giddy John Kerry leaves the Assad headquarters in Damascus.
U.S. Senator John Kerry looks out after touring parts of the old Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, after conducting diplomatic talks. (Yahoo)