The Obama administration and Russia reached a deal Saturday to compel Syria to account for and eventually destroy its chemical weapons arsenal, leaving open the possibility that the UN could authorize sanctions or military action for future violations.The deal announced in Geneva by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provides a path for President Obama to avoid the air strikes he had promised to launch againt Syria for its recent use of sarin gas on civilians in a Damascus suburb.
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Joe Btfsplk, 9/14/2013 8:22:55 AM (No. 9520428)
President Putin today ordered former Commander in Chief, Barry O. to "Cool his jets" and let the adults sort out this problem. Putin also stated that Americans should drink more Vodka, with a splash of cranberry juice for good bladder health.
Since Putin is too savvy to trust the word of Assad and Obama is too naïve to believe that he actually has a verifiable deal, it is clear Putin and Assad, in concert or not, are doing this to diminish Obama and America in the eyes of the world.
Too bad it was that easy to do.
Thank you, Mr. President. Anything more you´d like to do to us to destroy us?
Term 4 - Syria must give inspectors "immediate, unfettered access" to all sites
How will the Assad regime assure the Obama regime of such access? Are there any governments gullible enough to send their inspectors without a large military shield? Since Assad won´t allow US and NATO troops, will the Russians offer 10,000 to 15,000 heavily armed troops to "guard" the inspectors? These Russian troops will surely take revenge on the al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels since al-Qaeda terrorists have been killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya. Finally, will Assad & Putin´s public mocking of Obama keep our Dear Reader off the golf course?
Are biological weapons included? Is the highly enriched uranium included? I still think we´ve been played from the beginning.
This is a proxy war about much more than meets the eye. As usual it is about oil, natural gas and the EU. It´s also about Israel´s security. Russia´s "deal" leaves them in charge and the weapons pipeline to Hezbollah remains wide open.
The Saudis, Turks, Qataris and Israelis will probably send Obama a lump of coal. The Iranians will send him a basket of fruit.
I agree with above that the Emperor has been diminished, Putin is enhanced, and there is good reason not to trust that this deal will work out as promoted.
However, we all knew that would happen going in. The die had been cast when the Emperor drew his "red line".
My question is: what do you propose we do now? Lob the Tomahawks? Can you guarantee that won´t escalate into a wider involvement that I have heard no one other than "whacko bird" McCain and his friends advocate? Do nothing? How would the outcome of that be much different than the worst-case scenario here?
Putin had been a troublemaker in this. His motives and objectives do not align with ours. We should be skeptical, and trust but verify. Everyone knows this. But. he has now assumed the role of peacemaker, and we can leverage that to encourage more constructive policy and action from him. We can hold him accountable should these weapons be used again. How is that a bad thing?
Too many are still "smarting" over Putin´s swipe on the "exceptional" thing. If we are truly exceptional - and we are - we should brush that off like a fly. It is meaningless. Just Vladimir (or whoever actually wrote the OpEd) getting in a gratuitous dig. The fact that so many of all political stripes are "offended" only reveals the doubt and concern about our nation´s continued "exceptionalism" that most of us share.
Again: what specifically do you propose that we do at this point?
Didn´t I read some where recently that Syria was provided enriched urnaium? If that is the case, then what is preventing Syria and Russia simply shipping it to Iran? After all, Syria is just on of Iran´s puppets. And just who from the US is going to verify all of this fantastic action cooked up by Russia? Or do we just take the Russians word for it? Just a few questions concerning this super duper deal.
What’s new? Putin’s newly acquired popular image can be used as a door opener, to everybody’s advantage, not just oddball, plastic distorted face Kerry’s. We all know our own communist media does not like to talk about or stay current with Russia and its forever totalitarian leftover Communist image. The Rule of Silence is it. China, too, will never be called communist China by sorry TV news actors Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Steve Pelley, or any of the brainwashing main extreme media. So, while both sides are playing, or being played, maybe now is the time for Breitbartian contrary opinion makers, documentarians and reality TV nuts to go over to Putin’s open back yard and see how much happiness and freedom exists over there. Finally we can see what every day life is like in Russia, the place were our brainwashing TV news distorters of the truth will never go. Why? Because our traitors to the truth do not want Americans to know first hand about the brutal leftovers of a communist tyranny and the stories of evil devastation that can be uncovered person to person. This is a wonderful opportunity to embarrass all of our corrupted press and media establishment. Jay Leno, in need of a job, can go to Russia and do his brutally silly on the street interviews!
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