Kerry talks with US diplo­mats who urged Syria strikes

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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