29 Sep '14, 11pm

Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner: By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts ... #airforce

WASHINGTON — By President Obama’s own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power. “There’s a more immediate concern that has to be dealt with,” Obama said of Assad in a broadcast interview that aired Sunday. While the White House continues to call for Assad’s departure and has consistently condemned his actions in a three-year civil war, diplomatic negotiations to oust him have largely stalled and Obama has shown no appetite for using military power to force him out. Even when Obama was considering strikes last year in retaliation for Assad’s chemical weapons use — a plan he ultimately rejected — officials made clear that regime change was not their goal. But Assad’s future is coming under fresh scrutiny as the U.S. and i...

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