It does appear that the US is stepping up pressure against Syria. After an annoyingly long period of apprently doing nothing, President Bush’s “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” rhetoric may be turning into policy.

Update (14:13): More info from the Times of London.

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  1. MommaBear says:

    One thing at a time is usually a good policy about a whole lot of things.

  2. James Joyner says:

    I like multi-tasking myself…

    My hope is our war with Iraq makes diplomacy with Syria more effective.

  3. Caleb says:

    When did Syria suddenly become a charter member of the “Axis of Evil”? I wonder if Bush had this planned all along, but I wonder if it’s because Saddam managed to move some of his biggest WMDs into Syria. The impression I get from the street is that Syria does not nearly pose any significant threat to us like Iraq does, and is really Israel’s problems to deal with, not ours. I don’t agree with this sentiment, especially since Hezbollah is now enjoying the new hobby of directly threatening attacks on us (the U.S.) Some people just don’t know when to shut up.