Shortly after Obama announced his intent to raid Syria, I had an idea, that I fully expected to write about as soon as one of the majors had the same idea and ran with it, because I did not want to be the one to expose him, if I was right. But nobody did, until Daily Kos did yesterday.
From the NY Times:
GENEVA — The United States and Russia have reached an agreement that calls for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.
(snip) “This is very, very difficult, very, very difficult,” an American official said of the agreement. “But it is doable.”
(snip) Mr. Kerry said that any violations would then be taken up under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which authorizes punitive action. But Mr. Lavrov made clear that Russia, which wields a veto in the Security Council, had not withdrawn its objections to the use of force.
There are still a lot of caveats, despite my exuberant title. But if the agreement holds, President Obama will, without question, have emerged with yet another foreign policy triumph. Rather than a missile strike designed to make clear that Syria should never again use chemical weapons, we have an agreement that will make sure that Syria has no chemical weapons to use. And it will be done without the use of force, with all of its unforeseeable consequences… [emphasis added]
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I figured that Obama is too smart a guy to embark on a no win scenario, so he had to be up to something else. He bluffed them, and it appears the bluff paid off.