President Obama just waved a humongous white flag to Syria and Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking a victory lap for whatever reason. The fact is, Bashar al-Assad may agree to give up his chemical weapons arsenal, but who is to say he will turn over the ENTIRE arsenal? Can we actually trust Russia? Um, in other words, President Obama didn’t win. He caved and waved a HUGE white flag. Yeah, Obama got played by Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad:
First, how do you deal with a regime that only admits it has chemical weapons under the threat of impending military intervention? Or that uses chemical weapons while a team of U.N. inspectors is there to investigate the prior use of chemical weapons, in the same city?
Second, that handful of chemical weapons storage and mixing facilities are just the ones we know about, and, now that the U.S. has been loudly beating the war drum for weeks, Assad has been moving his troops and weapons around. If we thought getting to “beyond a reasonable doubt” with the intelligence on the August 21 chemical attack was hard, imagine us getting to “every single bit.”
Third, negotiating with the Russians and the Syrians about what “every single bit” and what disposing them mean will certainly take more than “the next week.” Both Moscow and Damascus have all the time in the world, and the Kremlin, which has never met a legal norm it couldn’t waltz around, will quibble and hair-split and insist that this is all done legally—whatever that means in Moscow. Source: New Republic
This is the second time in weeks that Putin has played Obama. Let’s not forget when he granted fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum over the Obama Administration’s objections.