We have set the bar so low for how the international community deals with the bloodshed in Syria, that even Bashar Assad probably can meet it:

The United States said Wednesday that Syria’s release of political prisoners “does not go far enough,” adding that all such inmates should be freed and the government should undertake reform.

“The release of some political prisoners is not the release of all political prisoners. We need to see all political prisoners released,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

“And we need to see an end to the violence that Syrian forces have been continually carrying out against civilian populations, and then we need to see meaningful movement towards reform,” he said.

He also called on the Syrian government to engage the opposition “in a meaningful way and listen to their concerns and attempt to address them.”

When I saw this report of a deal between the U.S. and Russia to trade Russian support for getting rid of Gadaffi for U.S. support to keep Assad in power, I tended not to believe it. 

But I’m beginning to believe it.

For Bashar Assad, “reform” is the new “now means yesterday.”

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