The hunt for 'plan B' - planning for 'the day after' in Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton, in Saudi Arabia Saturday, will take part in a Friends of Syria meeting in Turkey on Sunday.
March 31st, 2012
04:36 PM ET

The hunt for 'plan B' - planning for 'the day after' in Syria

By Elise Labott, CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter

Expectations are low for Sunday's Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, where representatives from more than 70 nations and international organizations will gather to discuss ways to hasten the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

The reason is simple. The most critical piece is missing: Plan B.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her frustration with the opposition Syrian National Council's inability to offer a vision for a post-al-Assad Syria that all Syrians can sign on to. This week, Clinton said the United States would be "pushing them very hard" to present such a vision in Istanbul.

She's not alone. Many a senior administration official has summed up the SNC in two words: "A mess."

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