Yet Lendman believes that the White House did not have a change of heart. Obama, according to the analyst, is still pursuing a regime change in Syria.
The US president wants "Assad and loyalists around him ousted, an Israeli rival eliminated, [and] Iran isolated." The activist also maintains that the White House wants to "balkanize" Syria and install a puppet government in the country.
"How can there be peace in Syria when achieving it defeats Washington's agenda?" he asks. "It appears Washington, [its] key NATO partners, Israel and Saudi-led Gulf States orchestrated a farcical scenario, fantasy talks doomed to fail, Assad wrongfully blamed."
The highly-anticipated peace talks started last week, with Damascus representatives arriving in Geneva on Friday. The Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC), an umbrella opposition group, came to the Swiss city the next day.
"At best, whoever shows up (if anyone) representing the HNC won't negotiate, only talk to UN officials – insisting Russian and Syrian anti-terrorism targeting ceases, including against towns held hostage by [Daesh] and other terrorist groups, demands made to subvert, not facilitate discussions," Lendman noted.
The columnist emphasized that the Syrian Kurds are not taking part in the talks, but, as Moscow has repeatedly insisted, without them no credible solution could be found. The Syrian crisis is complicated by the sheer number of parties and stakeholders involved. Russia maintains that all of them, except terrorist groups, have to participate in the talks for them to succeed.