The Debate: Assad’s amnesty for militants in Aleppo
[ Note: Michael Lane appears to be shilling for somebody as a google for him, or his think tank comes up with only his interviews. His American Institute for Foreign Policy comes up as a bust…nothing. There are a lot of Michael Lanes out there, but none of them look like him.
We have a profile here of a guy who has had his internet background cleaned, an unusual thing for someone active in media. If anybody finds anything on him, please post in the comment boards. Here is the longest bio I found on a 2013 show posting:
“Michael Lane is the Founder and President of the American Institute for Foreign Policy, a private entity dispensing strategic analysis, advice and forecasts on international events. Lane founded the organization in 2004 building on a foundation gained working more than three decades in military policy and planning, as well as national and international political activity. Mr. Lane has appeared on major international television networks including BBC, CNN, ABC and Al-Jazeera.”
He was anti-Assad on this show, even to the extent of trying to sell his long used and successful amnesty offer program (for Syrian citizens only) as “untested”, so I was able to nail him on that being 100% untrue. The non-stop smile on his face seemed a bit over done. Color me suspicious. This guy reeks of being a shill. He does have a nice tan though… JD ]
All eyes are on the Syrian city of Aleppo as government forces, backed by Russia, are preparing for the final push for the liberation of the city. In the run up to the offensive, humanitarian corridors have been opened up for civilians to flee the city, and to allow foreign-backed militants to lay down their arms.
While many are hailing this as the beginning of the end of terrorist control over Aleppo, others are skeptical. Are these humanitarian corridors and amnesty promised by President Bashar al Assad enough? And are Western diplomats right to doubt the sincerity of Russia and the Syrian government?
We’re going to find out in this edition of The Debate. Let’s first cross over to our correspondent Mohammad Ali who joins us live from the Aleppo with the very latest on the situation on the ground.
Jim W. Dean
Managing Editor, VT
American Institute for Foreign Policy