Tarek Ragheb is an Egyptian American. Senior Adviser to U.S. Aerospace & Defense Corporations (and former VP), he is the founding Chair of the African Business Aviation Association. Ragheb has served as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force and as a U.S. Diplomat. He has also served as a Communications Director for the U.S. Republicans Party Abroad. Ragheb is a Temple U grad, and he is fluent in both Arabic (native speaker) and in English.
The Syrian regime -- regardless of how brutal it is -- has never been a sworn enemy of the United States. That cannot be said of the Islamist fundamentalist radicals who are spearheading the fight against the Syrians.