Snookered or Saved on Syria?
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  • rheddles

    “God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.”

  • Anthony

    “So what exactly happened with Syria yesterday?….” A little bit of both WRM and your request at end of “The Constitution….” for special providence caught some ear (foreign policy fairy???).

  • Clayton Holbrook

    Couldn’t this just amount to Assad and his allies buying even more time? And what of the accountability for the use of chemical weapons in August? Allowing for UN inspectors to gather up weapons the Assad regime decides to allow them to could perhaps prevent those particular weapons from being used. But it’s hardly the accountability President Obama was looking for.

    Asked whether Assad could do anything to avert military strikes, Secretary Kerry said, “Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over. All of it, without delay. And allow the full and total accounting for that. But he isn’t about to do it.”

    So what about that “full and total accounting part”? Is simply allowing for UN inspectors to gather chemical weapons in Syria fulfilling that? To me, that means holding Assad accountable for using them. Which would mean arrest and prosecution for war crimes, no? And I don’t think that will be part of this agreement if it goes down.

    I’m really hoping that Syria and Russia aren’t just calling Sec. Kerry’s bluff. To me it seems like sweet deal for Assad who was responsible for gassing his own citizens and now would face little immediate accountability.

  • Matt B

    Does anyone seriously believe that Vladimir Putin is America’s Foreign Policy Fairy? Apparently Barack Obama believes it’s possible. We’ll now be treated to at least 2 more weeks of dithering.

  • BrianFrankie

    This is rich. Now, we’ll be able to watch for years as Assad and Putin play rope-a-dope with the US.

    Haven’t we seen this movie before? Oh, right – that would be Iraq from 1991 to March 2003, when Saddam finally ran out of time to string along the UN inspectors. Does anyone imagine the process will be any less difficult, or shorter, in Syria? If so, why? Are conditions for UN inspectors easier in civil-war-torn Syria? Is Assad less cunning than Saddam? Is Assad’s support from external parties like Russia and Iran weaker than Iraq’s was? Is the UN more unified now than in the 1990’s? Does anyone who is not a partisan hack perceive President Obama as more resolute than Presidents Bush, Clinton, or Bush on these matters?

    Honestly, VM, it is abundantly clear that this is not a wave of the foreign policy fairy’s wand, or even a sprinkling of pixie dust. It is a joke, and an especially sick, twisted, not-at-all-funny joke.

    • PapayaSF

      Not only that, but how, exactly, would this work? They call a ceasefire so that the UN can visit Assad’s most secret and secure weapons depots? All the Al Qaeda types sit back and watch scores or hundreds of trucks filled with chemical weapons rumble down the highway to a port? Like any of that’s going to happen anytime soon.

  • Ethan_C

    I’m thinking of this from Assad’s perspective. He agrees to allow “international control” of his weapons. Well, that’ll be a multi-year process at the very least, fraught with danger and complications. And who will we have to make sure stays around for all of it? Why, Mr. Assad, of course. No more “Assad must go” talk now, I think! Well played, Bashar.

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