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Ford Withdrawn From Syria

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration temporarily pulled its Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, from Damascus amidst reports that his life was in danger. Ford has now returned to the U.S.

Back in July, I argued that Ford should have been withdrawn but John Tabin made the case that Ford had value remaining in Damascus. I appreciated his point and said that if Ford was to Assad what James McGee was to Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe then it be worthwhile keeping him there.

Well, I must say that Ford has turned out to be quite courageous in meeting with opposition figures in Syria. Late last month, Assad supporters threw eggs and tomatoes at Ford when he met with Abdul Azim of Syria’s outlawed Arab Socialist Democratic Union Party.

The only question that remains is if the withdrawal of Ford is truly temporary or if it represents a shift back towards a more accommodating posture towards Syria as Haynes Mahoney, Ford’s deputy, will remain in Damascus to assume his duties. As Tabin succinctly put it, “If there must be an American Ambassador in Syria, let’s make Assad wish there wasn’t.”

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