Kerry talks with US diplomats who urged Syria strikes
WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry sat down for an exchange of views Wednesday with the US diplomats who challenged White House policy and called for air strikes on Syria.
Last week, some 50 midlevel US officials signed a so-called “dissent channel” cable calling for military action to force Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to agree to peace talks.
Rather than express annoyance at the rebuke, Kerry dubbed the memo “very good,” fueling speculation in Washington that he too is frustrated with President Barack Obama’s cautious policy.
While widely reported, the contents of the cable remain classified, so State Department spokesman John Kirby has refused to address the issues raised by the dissident diplomats.