As Syrian peace talks in Geneva appeared to flounder, US President Barack Obama vowed to step up pressure on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The US leader said both he and the Jordanian king "recognize that we can't just treat the symptoms" of the Syrian crisis.
"We're also going to have to solve the underlying problem - a regime led by Bashar al-Assad that has shown very little regard for the well-being of his people.
"We are going to need a political transition in that region." "We don't expect to solve this any time in the short term so there are going to be some immediate steps that we have to take to help the humanitarian situation there," Obama said.
"There will be some intermediate steps that we can take to apply more pressure to the Assad regime, and we're going to be continuing to work with all the parties concerned to try to move forward on a diplomatic solution," he said, without specifying what those steps may be.
Bashir al Assad has said that he will not step down from his position as the country's president, not will he honour any "transitional government" deal arbitrarily set up by outside nations with which to ease him out.
Syria's Information Minister said on Tuesday the Syrian people have decided President Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. The comments were the strongest indication yet that Assad intends to extend his rule and are sure to anger opposition politicians and fighters who have been waging a nearly three-year struggle to end his rule.
The Syrian presidential elections are to start early next month; this means that Obama has literally a very tiny window before starting any military attack against the Al-Assad government.
Because what happens to the US position that Al-Assad should step down if he is re-elected, in a fair and free election, and is re-elected by a landslide?!? It would be demolished, pure and simple, for the codswallop it is.
This is simply a threatened regime change to get the Iranians more compliant in their nuclear energy talks with the P5+1.
So there are only two possibiities here; the US may attempt to assassinate him outright, or invade, in another of those RPT (responsibility to ALLEGEDLY protect) the citizens of this country, just like they did in Libya.
And we can all see just how well THAT flustercluck ended...
A tug of war between Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and Islamist ministers threatens to further paralyse a government already weakened by growing unrest in the North African country. The latest row erupted when the Justice and Construction Party (JCP), political arm of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, withdrew its five ministers from Zeidan's 32-member government. Their resignation on Tuesday in protest at persistent lawlessness in Libya since its 2011 uprising came after three weeks of wrangling over an Islamist-inspired censure motion against the premier. - See more at: https://www.authintmail.com/article/africa/tug-war-islamist-mps-paralyses-libya#sthash.yX9slh4W.dpuf
And IF Obama decides to go to war against the Al-Assad government in Syria, he may well be looking at Russia supporting the Al-Assad government militarily.
I would like to politely point out to the President that at this time, the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in a conventional war against Russia: and this is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.