Bashar al-Assad re-elected president of Syria

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA – It’s no secret we here in the U.S. aren’t big fans of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and with good reason.

Yet, Assad managed to win his third term in office with 88.7% of the vote.

Of course, while Syria’s in the middle of a civil war that’s killed an estimated 160,000 people, the legitimacy of the vote is questionable.

In fact, voting didn’t even happen in areas controlled by rebels, a.k.a where people who would not vote for Assad live.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the vote ‘meaningless.’

But the Obama administration is experiencing a little backlash of its own on the subject of Syria.

Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, stepped down in May, and he has some harsh words for our action – or lack thereof – in the country.

“There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very successful in our policy,” Ford said.

Now with Assad reelected, it’ll likely be business as usual in Syria.

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