Sunday, February 22, 2009

Change We Can Believe In: Foriegn Policy (Syria)

According to the World Tribune, the BO-44 administration has reversed previous administration interpretation of the Syrian Accountability Act (emphasis added):
Government sources said Obama directed the Commerce Department to approve the export of U.S. components for Syria's fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. The sources said a Saudi defense company would supply and install the components in the aging Syrian dual-use aircraft.

The sources said the approval by Commerce marked a departure from nearly five years of sanctions by the outgoing Bush administration. Under the Syrian Accountability Act, Syria was to be denied all but food and humanitarian supplies from the United States. Bush aides said Syria had used passenger jets to ferry weapons from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Syria has reported several U.S. measures to improve relations under the Obama administration. On Feb. 15, Syrian ambassador to the United States, Imad >Mustafa, said the U.S. Treasury Department approved the transfer of $500,000 to a Syrian charity.

Mustafa's announcement came on the eve of the visit by a U.S. Senate delegation to Damascus. The delegation was headed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, scheduled to meet President Bashir Assad.
El Opinador Compulsivo, a blog in Argentina is saying that this is evidence that "Obama - Friend to terrorist countries." They also have a photo shopped picture of Obama in a turban with Bin Ladin and an AK-47. I can't and don't support that, but I will note that the only news source on this startling revelation of change in foreign policy is the World Tribune.

Questions: This is change. Does it matter? Has anyone sorted through the legalese in the Syrian Accountability Act to see if the administration is following the law? Why hasn't the mainstream media (aka democratic mouthpiece) picked up this story?

(via El Opinador Compulsivo, Motto: "Everyone Is Entitled To Our Opinion.")

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