Obama apllies tests to see with whom he can progress forward. Bibi slapped him in the face and was summoned through the back door. Assad slaps him in the face and new envoy is put on freeze. That is a very serious warning and signal in diplomacy, much stronger then a back door. Assad needs to understand he can not walk on both shores. Obama's starting point is that everybody must be given a (final) chance to participate and behave constructively towards solutions. Like it's zero hour. It is extremely interesting and important how the dispute with Bibi and now also Assad will develope and end. Both now showed Obama they do not act in good faith. I think both behaved very dumn. Future will tell. What will satisfy you? In the world outside the ME diplomacy is still valued. Would you expect a good US President in your view now to bomb Damascus or Hezbollah? Go for the scuds? Please tell us what Obama should do.
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