FoxNews: Splits in ‘Friends of Syria’ group may help embattled leader Assad
By Ben Evansky
Published March 30, 2012 | FoxNews.com
There was a moment at the State Department’s daily briefing Wednesday when spokeswoman Victoria Nuland referred to the “Friends of Syria” group as “Friends of the Syrian People.” Asked why, she said the organizers of the group’s summit April 1 in Istanbul, Turkey, preferred the new name.
That such a trivial matter would even be discussed against the backdrop of the continuing slaughter in Syria is instructive. Indeed, it may be one of the few points of agreement for the more than 60 nations that will attend the upcoming gathering – which skeptics note will take place on April Fools’ Day.
Ali Al-Ahmed, a Saudi scholar and director of the Gulf Institute in Washington, D.C., told Fox News that he didn’t feel the upcoming Friends of Syria meeting was “going to be much different from the first one,” adding, “realities on the ground are now more favorable to the Syrian regime than they were a month ago.”