Some in U.S. See an Assad Victory as the Least of Evils

(Ha'aretz) Zvi Bar'el - New voices are rising in Washington that Syrian President Bashar Assad could find quite comforting. Former CIA head Michael Hayden said he sees three possible outcomes for the Syrian struggle, none involving a victory for the rebels. "Option three is Assad wins," Hayden said at the Jamestown Foundation conference of terror experts. "As ugly as it sounds, I'm kind of trending toward option three as the best out of three very, very ugly possible outcomes." The other two are an escalating war between Sunni and Shi'ite extremists and Syria's dissolution into battling cantons. Ryan Crocker, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Syria, told the New York Times that "bad as Assad is, he is not as bad as the jihadis who would take over in his absence."

2013-12-18 00:00:00

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