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  •  Sadly, I have to disagree. Petreaus and (1+ / 0-)
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    others in the the present Administration pretty much see eye-to-eye in terms of strategy.   In fact, the General may have been an author of much of the tactics.   Now that things have gone south, he may be falling on his sword.

    When Obama came in, one of the earliest initiatives was to try to pry Assad away from Iran.  That didn't work out, as planned.  So, simultaneously, Benghazi, Libya and Daraa, Syria exploded in exactly the same way within a few days of each other in February last year.  The rest is history.

    I found this from ABC from 2008:

    Exclusive: Petraeus Wants to Go to Syria; Bush Administration Says No

    By JONATHAN KARL (@jonkarl)
    Oct. 30, 2008

     Apparently Gen. David Petraeus does not agree with the Bush administration that the road to Damascus is a dead end.

    ABC News has learned, Petraeus proposed visiting Syria shortly after taking over as the top U.S. commander for the Middle East.

    The idea was swiftly rejected by Bush administration officials at the White House, State Department and the Pentagon.

    Petraeus, who becomes the commander of U.S. Central Command (Centcom) Friday, had hoped to meet in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Petraeus proposed the trip, and senior officials objected, before the covert U.S. strike earlier this week on a target inside Syria's border with Iraq.

    Officials familiar with Petraeus' thinking on the subject say he wants to engage Syria in part because he believes that U.S. diplomacy can be used to drive a wedge between Syria and Iran. He plans to continue pushing the idea.

    "When the timing is right, we ought to go in there and have a good discussion with the Syrians," said a Defense Department official close to Petraeus. "It's a meaningful dialogue to have."

    Petraeus would likely find a more receptive audience for his approach in an Obama administration, given Barack Obama's views on the need to engage America's enemies.

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