Mark Matheny
October 24, 2011

Editor’s note: Imagine the response if the Syrian ambassador contacted a group in the U.S. calling for the overthrow of the government.

Today in Reuters it is reported that the U.S. Ambassador to Syria has had to make a hasty retreat back to the United States after several articles in the Syrian media have incited hostility to the U.S. Ambassador.

Robert Ford, was assigned as Ambassador to Syria in 2010 by Barack Obama. Recently it is reported that Ford contacted a seven month old grassroots protest movement, and called upon them to end 41 nyears of Assad family Rule.

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Ford also served as Ambassador to Algeria from 2006 to 2008 under the Bush administration, and during that time Ford was accused of being a CIA agent by Mohamed Tamalt, an Algerian author and journalist who knew Ford when he served in Algeria.

The U.S. has been trying to convince Bashar Al- Assad to scale down friendly ties to Iran and militant groups, and had made some moves to improve relations with Damascus when Obama took office in the beginning of his term.

When protesting broke out in Syria, Assad ignored the demands of the protesters. International calls for Assad to respond to the demands of the protesters went unheeded by Assad as well, and relations between Syria and the U.S. began then to deteriorate.

There has been in the past, instances of U.S. attacks inside of Syrian territory by Special Forces against fighters staging attacks in Iraq.

Now it looks as though Ford, a possible CIA agent, is further instigating calls for the end of Assad’s rule.

The question is whether this is being done at the behest of higher ups in the Agency itself, and will this lead to the next ‘kinetic action’ by the U.S. and NATO to spread ‘democracy’ along with regime change in the region as well.

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