Who’s Right About Syria?

I’m reading Patrick Cockburn’s article about the U.S. teaming up again with Al Qaeda and at the same time listening to Obama’s news conference. I’d like to know why they differ so much on the situation in Syria. Obama says it’s all about Assad’s treatment of Syrian protesters. Cockburn says the U.S. has been trying to destabilize Assad’s regime since 2006. ((Patrick Cockburn, A Special Relationship, Harpers, January 2016)) It gets worse:

“Syria’s first and only democratically elected government was overthrown by a CIA-instigated coup in 1949 at the behest of American oil interests who objected to Syria’s request for better terms on a pipeline deal.”

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