Syria

US policy in Syria a mess: Analyst

imagesAmerican professor William Beeman says that the United States’ policy regarding Syria is in a “mess” and it “is stuck with that.”

“The United States has gotten itself into a kind of mess in this situation,” thanks to its interferences in Syria’s conflict, Beeman told Press TV on Sunday.

Washington is increasing criticism of the Syrian government over the removal of its chemical weapons by accusing Damascus of deliberately stalling an international disarmament deal.

“Syria must immediately take the necessary actions to comply with its obligations,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a Friday briefing in Washington. “We’re going to continue to work with our partners on this to keep up the pressure” on the Syrian government, he added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria’s future. “There is no political solution whatsoever if Assad is not discussing a transition and if he thinks he is going to be part of that future. It is not going to happen,” Kerry said last month.

Beeman said that the US is “stuck” with that statement. “Secretary of State Kerry has announced earlier that the solution to Syria’s problems would never involve the maintenance of the Assad government in Syria. He made that as a public announcement, so now the United States is stuck with that, they’re stuck with that announcement.”

The professor also said that the militant groups in Syria are becoming increasingly hostile to the US, complicating Washington’s policy even further. “The insurgents in Syria, first of all, are very weak, they are losing their battle, but second of all, they are very divided and a number of insurgent groups are extremely hostile to the United States.”

“The problem that the US has in trying to interfering in anything in Syria is how to first of all emerge from this with a changed government but at the same time not allow a government as hostile to the United States or to Israel to emerge, I think that this is an impossible situation,” he noted.

He went on to say that “the difficulty that the Obama administration has is that there are still members of Congress who are urging the United States to get involved in a very serious way but most of the members of the Congress who are doing this have absolutely no knowledge of the complexity of the problem on the ground.”

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