On Syria: Now we can wait a year?

On Sept. 10, President Obama let us know it was now time to act and punish – with a targeted military strike – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons on his people. Today we find out it’s fine if we wait almost a year.

From the president’s address on Syria.

When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory. But these things happened. The facts cannot be denied. …

[A]fter careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use. That’s my judgment as commander in chief. …

Let’s be clear … Obama wanted to make the move right then and there, but as it turns out he was bargaining for time since he drew the red line and the effort was not supported by the people in the United States or any other country for that matter. Again, he stated we could not wait for the United Nations or international community because of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

You would think the new deal on the table that Russia helped broker would put all of Syria’s chemical weapons under the direct control of some United Nations or international group within a week or so. Not so much.

After days of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia reached agreement Saturday on a framework to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014 and impose U.N. penalties if the Assad government fails to comply.

I can not see how the United States or the international community can tell if this effort succeeds or fails. How the heck do they plan on measuring completion of the terms when there is probably no way to tell what Syria has currently in their stockpiles or who even controls them?

Just remembered something, and don’t have time for a re-write. This should probably be the lede. …

Russia brokered the chemical weapon restrictions deal with the government of Syria, yet 10 days ago Russia handed over a 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for Aleppo sarin gas attack.

Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations.

A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website late Wednesday said the report included detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal in northern Syria. The attack killed 26 people.

A U.N. spokesman, Farhan Haq, confirmed that Russia delivered the report in July.

The report itself was not released.

Do ya see the problem here?

Do we just forget that less than two weeks ago, Russia was telling everybody the REBELS were using the gas and now they come in on a white horse announcing a deal with the GOVERNMENT to lock up and destroy the chemical weapons?

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  1. SeeingRed on September 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Syria served its purpose: to keep investigations into Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS, OhBarryCare implementation/Congressional carve outs/special interest exemptions?and the DoJ guffaws off the upper fold.? Time marches on with the unmistakable stench of this Administration lingering around each….

  2. Dimsdale on September 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    ?bama has been “pwned” by Putin.? The world realizes ?bama is an incompetent poseur.??
    Now we have to wake up half of this country.

  3. sammy22 on September 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The handling of this “affair” from the start is a fiasco of major proportions.

  4. bien-pensant on September 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Obama is still leading from behind. At that he is consistent. That is really pathetic.
    And, now, he is blustering and fermenting about Iran . . . get ready for another installment of clueless foreign “policy” dujour.

  5. stinkfoot on September 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    The story just isn’t adding up- I get the sense that the victims- particularly children are being exploited to get us to support something that has nothing to do with the slaughter of innocent civilians- something the rebels, who the US is backing, have been doing as much as Assad’s goons.

  6. Eric on September 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    You’re right bien-pensant… Obama is pathetically consistent. ?Or is it consistently pathetic. ?I’ve never in my life seen such a poor excuse for a man. ?He’s extremely low of character and completely unable to perform the duties required of his position. ?He’s not particularly bright, nor does he seem to have a desire/ability to work through the problems that come his way. ?I’m certain that somebody else is pulling his strings. ?There’s no way a doofus like this can manage anything at all, and whoever is making the day to day decisions in that administration is doing a pretty poor job of things!

  7. Lynn on September 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    President Obama delayed action against Syria because Cher said it was wrong. Oh and Eric, I believe Valerie Jarret ?pulls the strings.

    • Eric on September 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      We’re in a very dangerous place in time Lynn. ?We have a clueless president and some very powerful and notorious enemies. ?It’s very ?obvious that Obama can’t handle the job… where does that leave us?

    • sammy22 on September 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Maybe up the creek w/o a paddle. Does anybody know what to do? Perhaps de-funding the Obamacare and letting the Federal Government shut down is the answer: not!

    • Lynn on September 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

      CBO has said that the debt is almost breaking us and may not be able to be repaid. ?The shut down of the government may be involuntary. It’s time some adults take control of our country, the children have played long enough.

  8. Shock and Awe on September 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Time to impeach for treason.? Aiding, abetting, and adhering to the enemy in a time of war.
    “We did not get into bed with Hitler to defeat Japan.” Glenn Beck


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