a news conference today in London, Secretary of State John Kerry
slammed the Syrian government for offering peace talks to the rebels,
insisting that he didn’t believe they should be taken seriously and
promising to step up US
involvement in the ongoing civil war.
said the days of the rebels “wondering where there support is or if
it’s coming” are over, and that the Obama Administration is
determined to “hasten” the regime change that it has been
pressing for in recent months.
officials have previously couched their intervention in Syria as
aiming to “change the calculation” toward convincing Assad to
cede power, but they also seem to be pressing the rebels hard to
spurn anything resembling peace talks, even though some Syrian
officials have expressed openness to a negotiated settlement and a
transition to an election.
this apparently makes sense in the context of the US pushing for an
unconditional regime change, having
the rebels spurn talks even
though the war is stalemated is likely to cost thousands of
additional lives, and the US opposition to peace talks in general is
likely to be a matter of long-term international embarrassment,
particularly with Russia working so hard to get the government to the
table for talks.