Despite criticizing Russia moments before, U.S. President Obama said he was willing to work with Russia and Iran to find a resolution on Syria’s civil war. But the devil is in the details as Obama made one requirement in order this to happen and that requirement is no-starter for Russia and Iran.
President Obama said he was willing to work with Russia and Iran to developed a “managed transition away from Assad into a new leader and an inclusive government.” Obama’s proposal really isn’t much to Iran and Russia, it more like Obama just reiterating his position. Obama, along with many of the presidential candidates, have Assad in their target scope. They want he out of the presidency and change the government structure.
But even if the three parties somehow get past Assad’s position in the country, there would still be little ground for the three parties to find common ground. It is unlikely Iran, U.S. and Russia would see eye-to-eye on the type of government to replace it with. Complicating cooperation between the three nations are non-ISIS rebels. Iran and Russia see the rebels like any other terrorist group who bombs civilians and government officials. While the U.S. sees the rebels as an opportunity to rid Assad from the country, so they are arming and financing the groups.
But Obama does not have many options available on the table. Both Russia and Iran have ground troops in Syria right now.
Putin address to the United Nations is expected to revolve around criticizing the West for their interference in the Middle East. He will also likely call on the West to follow his lead, or in other words don’t interfere unless you’re invited by the government.
You can watch the speech here: