Hillary appeared on Al Jazeera English yesterday to discuss the latest Wikileaks bombshell about U.S. government funding for anti-Assad groups. You can see her analysis here. The story was first reported in the Washington Post.
We, of course, warned back in May 2009, see here, that President Obama was making a serious mistake by not turning off overt programs for “democracy promotion” in Iran and covert initiatives to destabilize the Islamic Republic that he had inherited from his predecessor. We argued that continuation of such programs would render his efforts to “engage” Tehran—such as those efforts were—incredible and ineffective. The same argument applies now to Syria, as Hillary explains. The story underscores how “incoherent, to say the least” Obama’s Middle East policy is.
—Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett