What? Clinton, We need Assad’s consent to put troops in Syria

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

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Oh?  Seems Obama didn’t ask Gaddafi if they could bomb them.  Yemen? Pakistan?  Seems this administration has different rules for different countries.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a clear and unified message coming out of their meeting in Washington, D.C. Monday: They are looking for a political solution in Syria and won’t consider putting international troops there unless the Syrian regime agrees.

Clinton and Davotoglu spent the afternoon preparing for the upcoming inaugural meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group this weekend in Tunisia. Following the meeting, they both urged the international community to support the Arab League’s recommendations for Syria following their Sunday meeting in Cairo, which included a request for a U.N.-Arab peacekeeping force in Syria. But Clinton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who the State Department accuses of murdering civilians, would have to agree first.

“We support the Arab League’s decisions coming out of the meeting in Cairo to try to end the violence and move toward a transition. And we look forward to working closely with them in the lead-up to the meeting in Tunisia. There are a lot of challenges to be discussed as to how to put into effect all of their recommendations,” Clinton said. “And certainly, the peacekeeping request is one that will take agreement and consensus. So we don’t know that it is going to be possible to persuade Syria. They’ve already, as of today, rejected that.”

Clinton then explained the main mission in Syria is to persuade the Assad regime to change course and give up its hold on power voluntarily so that a process can begin to change the Syrian system of government.

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  1. This is a case of getting UN agreement for a peacekeeping force into Syria. Peace Keeping Mission require the consent of a government in power. In this case, Assad is still the legitimate government of Syria. The only other possible solution within the UN would be a Chapter VII operation, not unlike the one in the former Yugoslavia, which was a peace enforcement mission. The initial peace keeping mission in the former Yugoslavia did not work and resulted in the massacre of Srebenica and other war crimes.

    Syria is a difficult problem, especially without the support of Russia and China. Both still have a sour taste in their mouth over Libya, which they believe exceeded the UN mandate. An armed conflict in Syria, unlike Libya could ignite the whole Middle East. Another reason to stop dependency on Middle East oil and build that Keystone XL pipeline.

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