Michael Totten

Resisting Assad

Tony Badran published a must-read piece about Syria and Lebanon. The Syrians could hardly be more clear about what they hope to achieve in their much-desired “talks” with the US: the redomination of Lebanon. Fortunately they are running smack into resistance not only from the Bush Administration but also from the Democratic Party, the European Union, the Arab states, and (as Walid Jumblatt notes in my interview with him I’m about to publish) even from James Baker’s Iraq Study Group.
The US looks weak right now because of the demoralizing slog in Iraq, but there’s still only so much the thugs of the Middle East can get away with.