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Rice convinced U.S. to not launch strikes in Syria?

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9629607/site/newsweek After the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, warned last month that time is running out on
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      After the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad,
      warned last month that "time is running out on
      Damascus," U.S. officials even debated launching
      military strikes inside the Syrian border against the
      insurgency. But at an Oct. 1 "principals" meeting,
      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice successfully
      opposed such a move, according to two U.S. government
      sources who are not authorized to speak on the record.
      Rice argued that diplomatic isolation is working
      against al-Assad, especially on the eve of a U.N.
      report that may blame Syria for the murder of Lebanese
      politician Rafik Hariri.

      The goal seems to be to "get [the regime] by the
      throat, and then really squeeze," says Josh Landis, a
      Fulbright scholar in Damascus who runs an influential
      blog called syriacomment.com. Maybe it's working:
      diplomats in Damascus say they've seen signs in recent
      months that al-Assad is trying to police Syria's
      southern border better.
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