Unformatted text preview: or Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to go, the departure of other close US allies remained out of the question. Events in Syria have further complicated an already confusing scene. The US had previously spared no efforts to undermine Syria's internal security and regional position. On April 18, the Washington Post disclosed the WikiLeaks cables detailing US funding of a Londonbased Syrian opposition umbrella group. US pressure on Syria had never actually ceased , despite the latter's withdrawal from Lebanon in April 2005. "The Syria Accountability and Liberation Act" — an early version of which was ratified by former President George W. Bush in 2003 — is still being fervently pushed in US Congress, mostly by ardent pro
Israeli members. The purpose of the act, as introduced to the 111th Congress (200910) is "to strengthen sanctions against the Government of Syria … [and] to establish a programme to support a transition to a democraticallyelected government in Syria". Overt and clandestine efforts point to a US intention to undercut the regime in Damascus. These efforts are older than the US invasion of Iraq, as detailed by Richa...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at Berkeley.
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