President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in Cook's Meadow with Yosemite Falls on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Yosemite, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
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Exasperated U.S. diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency.Through it all, the Obama administration has insisted only Assad -- and his Russian and Iranian sponsors -- can end the madness.In a deliberately leaked memo, 51 serving U.S. diplomats have now said "enough," insisting that Obama has a moral obligation to stop the carnage.To force Assad into real peace negotiations, they say the 44th president must launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime. Above all Obama has tried to avoid entanglements in the Middle East, defining US interests in Syria as part of a counter-terrorism effort to dismantle ISIS.Frederic Hof, a former Syria adviser resigned from the Obama administration in protest in 2012 .Might an administration led by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton be much more willing to push back against Assad, check Russian influence and bring America's vast military power to bear?It's an escalation that may leave U.S.-backed fighters, like Obama's own diplomats, asking what U.S. power is worth.
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