Congratulations to the London Independent and reporter Heather Saul for digging up this photo of US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad dining with their respective wives, Teresa Heinz-Kerry and Asma al-Assad at a Damascus restaurant. This apparently happened in February 2009.
As Kerry beats the war drums for President Obama on the eve of a Congressional vote aimed at giving US forces a virtual military carte blanche for operations in Syria, he is not likely to welcome being reminded of this cordial get together with, as The Independent reminds us, someone Kerry now calls “a thug” and whom he has compared to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Kerry was visiting Syria in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and according to other British newspaper reports he met Assad around six times.
The Independent report continues:
During the visit, he said in a press conference: “President Barack Obama’s administration considers Syria a key player in Washington’s efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.
”Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region”.
Pass the zinc bucket please!