The US Ambassador is infiltrating Syria on a whim and a whimsy.
How did Ambassador Robert Ford get out to Jassem when the Syrian government restricts his movements outside Damascus?He didn't ask for permission? What does this tell you?
He didn't ask for permission.
In another nation Ambassador Robert Ford is acting like a provocateur and spy.
Weapons smuggler perhaps? What else? Organizer of death squads? Promoter of propaganda?
Is this the real meaning of "diplomacy"?
Broad Contacts with a broad cross section of Syrians, making sure they know where the US stands, with the support of the State Department
"He is trying to do his job, which is to be able to maintain broad contacts with a broad cross section of Syrians and to make sure that they know where the United States stands," she responded. She added that Ford had received the support of State Department leadership in advance of the trip."
Like I said, spy, provocateur organizer of terrorist acts, provider of weapons all of those duties fit the job description. above
Ford's background related to Iraq, Negroponte and deaths squads
Since his arrival in Damascus in late Jan 2011, Ford played a central role in laying the groundwork as well as establishing contacts with opposition groups. A functioning US embassy in Damascus was seen as a precondition for carrying out a process of political destabilization leading to “regime change”. Ford is no ordinary diplomat. He was US representative in Jan 2004 to the Shi’ite city of Najaf in Iraq. Najaf was the stronghold of the Mahdi army. A few months later he was appointed “Number Two Man” (Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs) at the US embassy in Baghdad at the outset of Negroponte’s tenure as US Ambassador to Iraq (Jun 2004-Apr 2005). Ford subsequently served under Negroponte’s successor Zalmay Khalilzad prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Algeria in 2006. Negroponte’s mandate as US ambassador to Iraq (together with Ford) was to coordinate out of the US embassy, the covert support to death squads and paramilitary groups in Iraq with a view to fomenting sectarian violence and weakening the resistance movement. Ford as “Number Two” (Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs) at the US Embassy played a central role in this endeavor.
John Negroponte death squads in Iraq as in Elsalvador
El Salvador style deaths squads to be deployed in Iraq
Hit squads would be controversial and would probably be kept secret.
The experience of the so-called “death squads” in Central America remains raw for many even now and helped to sully the image of the United States in the region.
Then, the Reagan Administration funded and trained teams of nationalist forces to neutralise Salvadorean rebel leaders and sympathisers. Supporters credit the policy with calming the insurgency, although it left a bitter legacy and stirred anti-American sentiment.
John Negroponte, the US Ambassador in Baghdad, had a front-row seat at the time as Ambassador to Honduras from 1981-85.