The Obama administration has found itself in an awkward position: the White House has long supported unsavory Islamist groups in Syria which are now spreading havoc in the region, New York-based independent foreign affairs correspondent Joe Lauria notes.
Ahead of the Geneva talks on Syria Washington should separate the wheat from the chaff and decide who the Syrian terrorists are that should be excluded from the negotiations, New York-based independent foreign affairs correspondent Joe Lauria remarks.
“The major obstacle is deciding who will represent the opposition across the table from the government. And that hinges on the question of who is a terrorist in Syria,” Lauria writes in his article for Consortiumnews.com.
The White House has been caught in an awkward position: after excluding Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) and al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria) from participation in the upcoming negotiations the Obama administration should decide what to do with the myriad of other opposition groups, some of whom cooperate closely with al-Nusra Front and other jihadists.
To complicate matters further, many of them have long been backed by Washington.
While the Obama administration asserted that it was “vetting what groups it supports,” the pro-neocon Daily Beast revealed that CIA-backed rebels were collaborating with al-Qaeda, the journalist points out.