Hillary Says We Need Assad’s Consent to Put Troops into Syria
In March 2011 Hillary Clinton told CBS “Face the Nation” viewers that the US would not interfere in Syria because Assad is a “reformer.”
That was before his regime slaughtered more than 4,000 of its own citizens.
Now Iran is sending 15,000 elite troops to Syria to help the Assad regime quash the revolution and help maintain order in the country’s provinces.
So who will be there to save the Syrian people? No one.
Hillary Clinton told reporters today that the US needs Assad’s consent to put troops into Syria.
Foreign Policy reported:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a clear and unified message coming out of their meeting in Washington, D.C. Monday: They are looking for a political solution in Syria and won’t consider putting international troops there unless the Syrian regime agrees.
Clinton and Davotoglu spent the afternoon preparing for the upcoming inaugural meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group this weekend in Tunisia. Following the meeting, they both urged the international community to support the Arab League’s recommendations for Syria following their Sunday meeting in Cairo, which included a request for a U.N.-Arab peacekeeping force in Syria. But Clinton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who the State Department accuses of murdering civilians, would have to agree first.
“We support the Arab League’s decisions coming out of the meeting in Cairo to try to end the violence and move toward a transition. And we look forward to working closely with them in the lead-up to the meeting in Tunisia. There are a lot of challenges to be discussed as to how to put into effect all of their recommendations,” Clinton said. “And certainly, the peacekeeping request is one that will take agreement and consensus. So we don’t know that it is going to be possible to persuade Syria. They’ve already, as of today, rejected that.”
Clinton then explained the main mission in Syria is to persuade the Assad regime to change course and give up its hold on power voluntarily so that a process can begin to change the Syrian system of government.
“Ultimately, it’s going to be important to convince the Assad regime that they are leading Syria into the outcome that we all deplore. We do not want to see a civil war in Syria,” Clinton said. “No one wants to see a civil war in Syria. So we have to encourage the Assad regime, and those who support it, to understand that there’s either a path toward peacemaking and democratic transition – which is what we are promoting – or there’s a path that leads toward chaos and violence, which we deplore.”
The Syrian Assad Regime was blamed for bomb attacks that killed at least 6 prominent anti-Syrian political leaders in Lebanon, including the giant blast that killed Rafik Hariri on Valentines Day 2005.