From the Lebanon
Discussions here with senior U.S. officials, knowledgeable academic experts and Arab observers and diplomats indicate that the issue of Syria's role in Lebanon - the subject of 1559 - is slightly secondary to the three key areas of concern in Washington vis-a-vis Syria. These are: cross-border movement of people, money and arms between Syria and Iraq; alleged money laundering through Syrian banks and financial institutions for groups accused of terrorist activities, and also for former senior Iraqi Baathist officials; and intelligence cooperation related to the insurgency inside Iraq and the U.S.-led "war on terror."
No hope for the wicked either:
American and Arab diplomatic sources concur that pressure on Syria will continue, regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in early November. Sending this message was one reason why the official U.S. delegation that accompanied Burns on his visit to Damascus last month included representatives from several U.S. government agencies, and not only the State Department. This sent the message that concerns about Syrian actions were shared across the board in Washington, the sources explained.