Five questions on Syria for the Obama administration

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  • "#Syria is going to hell in a handbasket, and the world is watching" -@dpletka 5 questions for the Obama administration

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Syria is going to hell in a handbasket, and the world is watching. This morning, the State Department announced that the U.S. ambassador to Syria and his few remaining staff were gone, the embassy shuttered. That step and this weekend’s Russian and Chinese veto of an almost toothless U.N. Security Council resolution will dominate the news this morning, but the real question is: What next?

"Syria is going to hell in a handbasket, and the world is watching." -Danielle PletkaHere are five questions for the Obama administration, which professed itself “disgusted” by the Russian and Chinese veto:

1.    Will the United States support the arming of the Free Syrian Army?

2.    Will the United States join a “coalition of the willing” with the Arab League and others to support the Syrian opposition?

3.    Will the United States convene or join in the convening of a conference of the Syrian opposition to build unity and plan for the post-Assad transition?

4.    Will the United States release and urge others to release information about the foreign bank accounts of top Syrian officials, rather than waiting as everyone did post-Qadhafi?

5.    If it’s not doing the above, what exactly is the Obama administration doing for the people of Syria, except talking?

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


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