Exclusive: The neocons obsession with regime change in Syria is driving another one of Official Washingtons group thinks toward rejecting Russias offer to help stabilize the war-torn country and stem the destabilizing flood of refugees into Europe, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown U.S. policymakers what amounts to a lifeline to pull them out of the quicksand that is the Syrian war, but Official Washingtons neocons and the mainstream U.S. news media are growling about Putins audacity and challenging his motives.
For instance, The New York Times lead editorial on Monday accused Putin of dangerously building up Russias military presence in Syria, even though Putins stated goal is to help crush the Sunni jihadists in the Islamic State and other extremist movements.
Instead, the Times harrumphs about Putin using his upcoming speech to the United Nations General Assembly to make the case for an international coalition against the Islamic State, apparently ignoring the one already being led by the United States.