US Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted declining American ability to influence events inside Syria in favor of the anti-Damascus foreign-backed insurgents, saying Washington’s involvement in Syrian crisis came “late.”
“This is a very difficult process, which we come to late,” Kerry said Monday at the US State Department in Washington, suggesting that the Obama administration had moved “too slowly” in its first term “to seek a negotiated political solution to a conflict that erupted more than two years ago and turned into a war.” The New York Times
Kerry’s remarks come despite persisting US efforts over the past years to mobilize regional and international support for mostly al-Qaeda-linked and foreign-sponsored insurgent gangs in Syria in an announced bid to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad, who remained the only Arab head of state in the region that supported Palestinian resistance against the Israeli regime, the chief American ally.
Moreover, the development transpires while Syrian government forces have gained major successes is flushing out the foreign-backed militants from cities and neighborhoods throughout the country.
This is while Turkey, the top US ally in helping to fuel the unrest in neighboring Syria by providing military and logistical support to anti-Damascus insurgents, is facing its own internal unrest with violent protest rallies against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Kerry’s remarks, the Times reports, “underscored the ferment in the region, including the wave of protests in Turkey against the government,” adding that the Obama administration sounded “quite concerned by the prospect that they could distract Turkey’s government from helping manage the crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney further expressed concerns about the use of force against the protesters in Turkey and even called for even called for an investigation into the growing street unrest and the harsh crackdown on demonstrators.
Kerry further claimed in his remarks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to “blame entirely” for “what is happening in Syria,” because his family has been in power for years and “will not consent to an appropriate process” for Syrian people to “decide their future.”
The top US diplomat, however, did not elaborate on what he meant by “an appropriate process” and how the US-led foreign interference in the Syria’s internal affairs would represents the “will” of the Syrian population. The rhetoric further comes despite wide US backing of brutal Arab dictators throughout the Middle East that have been in power much longer that President Assad.
Kerry, meanwhile, vowed last month that the US would expand its military support of the foreign-backed militant gangs in Syria if “diplomacy” fails to end what he claimed as a “civil war” in the country.