Comments on Monday by Secretary of State John Kerry crediting the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with initial cooperation with international chemical weapons monitors leave no doubt that the United States now has a stake in shoring up the Assad regime’s legitimacy–even as it arms its increasingly radical opposition.
“I think it’s extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the [UN] resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were being destroyed,” Kerry said, according to the Times of Israel, adding:
“I think it’s a credit to the Assad regime, frankly. It’s a good beginning and we welcome a good beginning.”
As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry…