U.S. Iran Deals, Higher Hurdle Awaits: Syria

The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

After U.S., Iran Strike Deals, Higher Hurdle Awaits: Syria, by Carol E. Lee

“The prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran, coinciding with the completion of the nuclear deal, marked milestones in President Barack Obama’s policy of engagement, but ones that will be difficult to repeat as he turns to the next challenge: resolving the conflict in Syria.

With the clock winding down on the Obama administration, election-year politics in Washington and Tehran make prospects for additional cooperation deeply uncertain…

But any further advancement in Mr. Obama’s engagement policy, including on Syria, faces significant hurdles.”

At track meets, hurdles for runners and high jumpers are set at heights to test the abilities of the runner.   Higher hurdles are more difficult as implied in the headline above;  a higher hurdle awaits Syria diplomacy.

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