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Those Pesky Syrian Missiles and Hezbollah

On April 21, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia will hold a hearing on the U.S. engagement of Syria. So far, the committee has not added (or at least has not publicized the names) of any minority witnesses.

Let’s hope Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Feltman, a former ambassador to Lebanon and one of the most capable foreign-service officers of recent years, will not apologize for Syrian behavior or give the standard Foggy Bottom line, “Their behavior is bad and that’s why we need an ambassador in Damascus to engage.”

At any rate, here’s an AEI Middle East Outlook that looks at the Obama administration’s posture toward Syria and juxtaposes it with the increasing Syrian embrace of both Iran and terrorism.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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