Kerry’s had a long and slobber-filled love affair with the “reformer” Bashar Assad.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he has some ideas on how to change Syrian President Bashar Assad’s calculation on remaining in power and will raise them with European and Mideast leaders on his first official overseas trip later this month.
Kerry told reporters after meeting Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh at the State Department that he hoped Assad could be convinced to enter into a negotiated solution with the Syrian opposition that would end almost two years of bloody violence that has killed nearly 70,000 people and move forward with true democratic reform.
“We need to address the question of President Assad’s calculation currently. I believe there are additional things that can be done to change his current perception,” he said, adding: “I’ve got a good sense of what I think we might propose.”
Kerry did not elaborate on the ideas and pointedly offered no guarantee of success, particularly since Assad has defied calls to step down and clung to power throughout the crisis that has grown increasingly desperate. But, Kerry said his priority was to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.