John Kerry, Sen. Mass. & Chuck Hagel, Sen. Nebr. | June 6, 2008
US cooperation with Syria - “not based on shared values, but shared interests” - should replace the policy of non-engagement to support Israel, isolate Iran, and ameliorate the situation in Iraq. ++ Waiving economic sanctions against Syria could provide huge leverage when addressing issues such as Lebanon’s right to sovereignty, Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations, and Syria’s nuclear aspirations without simultaneously involving much risk. ++ Doubts regarding Syria’s real intentions should not ruin this opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough.