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Candid Kerry: US Won't Fight Russia -- Syrian Rebels Are Toast

The US Secretary of State gives a refreshingly honest assessment of the situation in Syria

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It looks like Lavrov's straight talk is beginning to rub off on his American counterpart.

During a blunt exchange on the sidelines of this week’s Syria donor conference in London, the Middle East Eye reports that John Kerry slammed the Syrian opposition for bailing on peace negotiations and paving the way for a joint offensive by the SAA and Russia.

<figcaption>At least he's honest</figcaption>
At least he's honest

Zero words were minced:

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.

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“‘He said, ‘Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” one of the aid workers, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her organisation, told Middle East Eye.

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“‘What do you want me to do? Go to war with Russia? Is that what you want?’” the aid worker said Kerry told her.

Of course, it's worth pointing out that Kerry is not in charge of American military or clandestine operations in Syria. His responsibility is to find a diplomatic settlement to the conflict that is agreeable to U.S. interests -- apparently a task he sees as borderline futile.

In another sense, Kerry isn't being entirely forthcoming: The last-minute call for a ceasefire in Aleppo was nothing more than a desperate attempt to prevent the inevitable. And Kerry knows this.

But here it is, straight from the mouth of the U.S. Secretary of State: The U.S. won't go to war with Russia over Syria. And in the coming months, the rebels will be "decimated."

Honesty is the best policy? Maybe when there's nothing left to lose.

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