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Obama’s Gift to Bashar Assad

By on 12.30.10 | 5:33PM

President Obama has given career diplomat Robert Ford a recess appointment to the ambassadorship of Syria, bypassing Senators who had blocked the appointment for months. Regular readers may recall that this appointment caused angst among Syrian dissidents at a protest I reported on in April. Michael Young has an excellent column on why sending an ambassador to Syria now, for the first time in five years, is "remarkably foolish." He's being kind; this appointment is shameful.

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