Few days ago, Attorney General Eric Holder was in Oslo where he held meetings with Norwegian officials to “exchange information in the way that you can’t if you’re not present” and “come up with techniques to thwart those who would try to do us all harm.” In this, he was referring to the growing Jihadi threat emanating from Syria as a result of the indifference of the Obama Administration vis-a-vis the ongoing conflict.
Few days before Holder’s visit, Oslo hosted one of Assad’s top advisers, Bouthaina Shaaban, who came on a secret mission purportedly to discuss the rise of militant Jihadists in the country, a development heavily enabled by the Assad regime itself.
Considering the proliferating reports in Washingtonian circles regarding White House talks advocating coordination with Assad to contain the growing Jihadi threat, irrespective of Assad’s own role in the matter, and the cynicism involved in such a turn of event, it seems quite likely that Holder’s visit was meant as the beginning of indirect coordination efforts between the Obama Administration and the Assad regime. With this, the betrayal of the early nonviolent prodemocracy activists by the Obama Administration is now complete. The stench of this might reach the highest heaven, but it doesn’t seem to seep into the White House.