Eli Lake has a scoop today in the New York Sun entitled “Obama Adviser Leads Delegation to Damascus.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski will travel to Damascus for meetings as part of a trip Syria’s official Cham News agency described as an “important sign that the end of official dialogue between Washington and Damascus has not prevented dialogue with important American intellectuals and politicians.”
An important sign indeed, and one that should tell us a lot about what Brzezinski would advise a President Obama to do (Brzezinski is also one of the leaders of the engage-Hamas movement). There is, of course, a lot to talk about with the Syrians, first and foremost being the appalling amount of bloodshed and destruction Assad’s regime enjoys inflicting on Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel through its array of terrorist proxies.
But it is almost inconceivable that Brzezinski would use his visit to confront Assad and lodge a protest on behalf of the civilized world. For the Obama campaign, there is a lesson here: When you bring people like Brzezinski onto your campaign, there is a good chance you’ll have to suffer embarrassing episodes like this. It’s what lawyers call “assuming the risk.”