Israel isn’t a fan of the Trump doctrine – Amos Harel – Foreign Policy 11.04.17
For an Israeli government near Syria’s front lines, not all US military interventions are the same. Israeli officials’ public praise for the US cruise missile attack contrasts sharply with their privately expressed scepticism that Washington has carefully thought through its next steps in Syria.
The Assad family: nemesis of nine US presidents – Robin Wright – The New Yorker 11.04
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s first meeting with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, in 1973, dragged on so long that the media began to speculate about whether America’s top diplomat had been kidnapped. The marathons were typical. In 1991, Secretary of State James Baker famously waved a white flag “in submission” after almost ten hours because he needed a bathroom break. Baker called negotiating with Assad “bladder diplomacy.”