Barack Obama’s Syrian Lifeline
With the American public overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war, U.S. President Barack Obama is grasping for a way out of the crisis that will enable his administration to save face.
He may have found one, too – a Russian proposal stipulating the transfer of Syria’s cache of chemical weapons to international monitors. Syria has reportedly agreed to the deal, as have several of America’s key allies. Obama has said he is
desperate willing to discuss the deal with the United Nations.
Meanwhile Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry has issued an ultimatum to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: Turn over his entire stockpile of chemical weapons within a week or face attack.
Really? From who, exactly? It’s clear at this point a congressional resolution authorizing military force against Syria is doomed to fail in the U.S. House of Representatives – meaning Kerry’s threat is idle. Sort of like Obama’s whole “red line.”
The United States has lost all credibility in this situation … a process that began months ago when we started putting arms into the hands of terrorist groups affiliated with our longtime nemesis al-Qaeda.
Anyway … when would this proposed “weapons transfer” take place? No one knows. How will we know it has taken place? No one knows. How will it be enforced? Yeah … your guess is as good as ours.
This is all so painfully transparent …
The all-powerful American war gods were rebuked (with good reason) and now must find a way to extricate themselves from this debacle.
Free advice? Don’t get in debacles in the first place.