July 16, 2015 | Quote

Obama May Now Have to Do Some ‘Mullah-Coddling’ in Syria

President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran — was finalised this week after more than a decade of coercive diplomacy and 20 months of grueling negotiations.

During talks it became clear that the Obama administration’s determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran most likely informed its decision to refrain from intervening in the Syrian civil war.

So even as US officials condemn Assad’s barrel bombs, chlorine bombs, and strategy of acting as an air force for the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), the Obama administration does not seem to be concerning itself with the Syrian regime.


“The administration’s Syria policy has been predicated on the White House’s desire for a deal with Iran and its care to accommodate Iranian interests in Syria, which he [Obama] saw as an Iranian sphere of influence,” Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, told Business Insider via email.


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