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Quote of the Day: Foreign policy edition
Elliot Abrams points to another Obama administration “triumph” in the foreign policy arena. Our policy of “engagement” with Syria. After making all sorts of uniltateral goodwill attempts and gestures (listed by Abrams), we’ve essentially seen Syria thumb it’s nose at us. Abrams asks and answers the question, “when does “engagement” become “appeasement”?
“Engagement” constitutes “appeasement” if it fails to change Syrian conduct, and the failure to change is overlooked while the “engagement” continues and accelerates. This would not just be fooling ourselves but condoning, rewarding, and thereby inducing even more bad conduct by the Assad regime.
Which is precisely what has happened during this year of American engagement.