KERRY’S PLAN B: CARVING UP SYRIA
Plan B is, in fact, Plan A
Secretary of State John Kerry said in Tuesday the United States will push to balkanize Syria if a planned ceasefire fails.
“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” he told the US Senate foreign relations committee.
The US and Russia have agreed upon a ceasefire despite continued Turkish shelling and Russian airstrikes against Gulf Emirate and US supported jihadists.
“I would like to stress that the Russian-US ceasefire agreement does not include ISIS, Al-Nusra Front militants and other militants designated as terrorists by the UN Security Council. Therefore the Russian Air Force is continuing airstrikes against these international terrorist groups’ targets as usual,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday.
Neocons are skeptical of the plan brokered by Kerry and the Russians.
“The only one holding out hope is John Kerry,” said Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. “Right now, it’s hypothetical and not based on anything real. How Kerry even explained it in his own words, it’s hard to take seriously.”
Former US Ambassador to Iraq Robert Ford, a onetime underling to Honduran death squad architect John Negroponte, also cast aspersion on the ceasefire plan.
“Instead of halting fire, the Syrian government is currently trying to isolate and assert dominion over the rebel-held portion of Aleppo,” Ford wrote earlier this week. “The Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies want to impose surrender terms on the armed opposition, not negotiate a compromise political deal.”
Ford said “the purpose of diplomacy [is] to offer the illusion of substance. This administration needs to show that it’s doing something on Syria. The process becomes an end in and of itself, a version of a process that’s been ongoing since 2012. This is just the latest in a series of endless initiatives that have never made real progress.”