Except for the fact that President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Syria's Assad to step aside at least a half dozen times.
Steamrolled by Putin once again...
MOSCOW -- Following lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the United States is not seeking regime change in Syria and that the U.S. and Russia see the country's future "in fundamentally the same way."
"The United States and its partners are not seeking regime change in Syria," Kerry said in a news conference inside the Kremlin, before immediately adding that the U.S. continues to believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no possibility of remaining the country's leader in the future.
However, the statement appeared to be the most explicit sign yet that the U.S. is softening its policy towards Assad and marked a significant rhetorical shift for the U.S. towards Russia's policy in Syria, which previously American officials have said was almost fundamentally at odds with their own.
Kerry's unusually long, three-and-a-half hour meeting with Putin followed a day of discussions with Lavrov, trying to explore ways of inching forward a peace process for Syria, which recently has taken on a new urgency
Flashback Fox News 8/18/11
"We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside" -Obama August 18, 2011