No longer will the United States’ top Syria hand (whoever that may be) have to pull a Nick Burns and try to work with Syria without actually talking to any Syrian officials. Via Laura Rozen, WaPo reports that the U.S. will be sending an ambassador to Damascus, a position that the Bush Administration recalled four years ago. Sense prevails:
“It did not make any sense to us not to be able to speak with an authoritative voice in Damascus,” the senior administration official said. “It was our assessment that total disengagement has not served our interests.”
Amazing that no one could come to this conclusion after four years of unproductive non-relations.