Y'THINK? – AT 8:33 A.M. ET: As the slaughter in Syria continues, the Obama administration is coming to the profound conclusion that the UN peace plan isn't working. Don't you sleep better at night knowing this crew is in charge? From AP:
It may be time for the world to acknowledge that a cease-fire is not holding in Syria, and that it is time to try another approach to stop the violence, the White House said Thursday.
"If the regime's intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
If? IF? Is there any doubt?
It was the clearest statement yet that the Obama administration sees little chance for the cease-fire and peace plan brokered by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan last month but largely ignored by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
"It is clear and we will not deny that the plan has not been succeeding thus far," Carney said.
The Annan plan has done little to stem the bloodshed, but so far other nations that back it have been unwilling to say it is dead.
U.S. officials have said the plain is failing because of Syrian government violations.
The Assad government and the Syrian opposition are blaming one another for torpedoing the truce, with Assad's forces trying to repress demonstrators calling for him to step down. The regime also is facing an armed rebellion that has sprung up as peaceful protests have proved ineffective against his forces.
COMMENT: We should point out that the administration is still backing the pathetic Annan plan, which has had no effect. Indeed, old Kofi – dictators never had a better friend – said as recently as yesterday that his plan is on track, although he concedes problems. Like death on a major scale.
The problem is that there is no Plan B. Obama has shown little urgency about stopping the bloodshed, and some speculate that he doesn't want to do anything to upset Iran, Syria's closest ally.
So we are essentially nowhere.
May 4, 2012