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July 14, 2011

Robert Ford, an American Rambo? I don't think so

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

Look at the Washington Post article below, it fits perfectly the "American hero" twist on every story to convince the public opinion of any American intervention. Are they convinced that Ford would go to Hama without an American government decision? Such a move, which will have direct and known implications on relations, needs approval or a directive from above. The French ambassador joining Ford means this was a French-American coordinated escalation with Damascus. Maybe a sign that more reforms are needed or pushing for concessions in other issues like Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, known as a quiet, under-the-radar-screen diplomat, has changed the dynamic of U.S. relations with Syria by traveling to a tank-ringed city at the center of the protests that have swept the country.
Acquaintances say Ford is hardly the sort to seek the limelight. But his trip to Hama — where he was greeted by cheering demonstrators waving olive branches — was the most significant gesture that the United States has made to support the Syrian protesters. 


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