Those who've been itching for a confrontation with Syria have to be sorely disappointed by this stunning announcement:
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syria's foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said.
"There has been some movement by the Syrians," a US military spokesman said in Baghdad. "There has been a reduction in the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq" for more than a month, Major General William Caldwell said.
A "month" you say General? Hmm....Wasn't it just a month ago that Nancy Pelosi was heading to Syria:
"We do not encourage and, in fact, we discourage members of Congress to make such visits to Syria," said White House deputy spokeswoman Dana Perino. "This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, one that is trying to disrupt the (Prime Minister Fouad) Siniora government in Lebanon and one that is allowing foreign fighters to flow through its borders to Iraq.
What a difference a month makes. Don't get me wrong--I'm not complaining about this turn of events. I've long believed that the opportunity existed to split Syria away from Iran and dramatically change the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. Neocons who have argued for regime change in Syria have clearly lost out inside the administration to cooler heads who understand that toppling the regime of Bashar Assad could result in the establishment of a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist state in Syria that would magnify our problems in the region dramatically.
This is another sign that neocon influence is on the decline and that the realists have reasserted control of American foreign policy.
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