State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said this week that the U.S.’s planning to bomb Syria is “not about regime change”.
“If anyone, including President Assad, thinks the United States is secretly hoping that the regime will emerge from the turmoil to continue its brutality and repression, they are wrong. President Assad is not indispensable, and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power.” — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, July 11, 2011
“[T]he time has come for President Assad to step aside.” — President Obama, August 11, 2011
“As governments make decisions about where they stand … it is important to calculate into your consideration the fact that he will go.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney, January 30, 2012
“Assad will … have to go.” — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, June 30, 2012
“At this point we have a well-organized-enough coalition — opposition coalition that is representative — that we can recognize them as the legitimate representative of Syrian people.” — President Obama, December 11, 2012
U.S. policy “isn’t about regime change”? Really?