DEBKA Weekly in its last issue of revealed that the Obama administration had moved on from its nuclear accord with Iran to join up with Russia and Iran for resolving the Syrian conflict by saving the Assad regime. President Barack Obama has confirmed this: “The window has opened a crack for us to get a political resolution in Syria, partly because both Russia and Iran, I think, recognize that the trend lines are not good for Assad,” he said. “Neither of those patrons are particularly sentimental; they don’t seem concerned about the humanitarian disaster that’s been wrought by Assad and this conflict over the last several years, but they are concerned about the potential collapse of the Syrian state. And that means, I think, the prospect of more serious discussions than we’ve had in the past.”
DEBKAfile: Those discussions have in fact reached the point at which Obama felt the need to start preparing the American public for his administration’s acceptance that the window to a political resolution in Syria hinges on keeping Bashar Assad in power.