The threat of possible military action, as attenuated as Congressional authorization now seems, has led to what may be the endgame.
John Kerry floated the idea of Syria turning over its chemical weapons or else, the Russians seized on the idea, and Syria in principle has accepted it:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 9, 2013
Syrian Foreign Minister: Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control – @Reuters
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) September 9, 2013
It may very well be that Assad merely is buying time, and never will turn over anything to anyone, particularly if there is some other condition attached, such as a war crimes tribunal which puts Assad and his senior military at risk.
But this type of deal gets Obama and Assad out of a jam.
Which is why it has a chance of being the endgame as to Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
Updates: The White House is bumbling over whether it was a U.S. “offer” or not, but it still is the most likely solution, in my estimation, because the other choice may be Obama acting without Congressional authorization:
At WH press briefing, it is being made very clear that there is a "Russian proposal" not a response to a US proposal.
— John Sexton (@verumserum) September 9, 2013
Intel fm Senate sources: Kerry's comments this am re “unbelievably small” attack on #Syria lost every GOP undecided in Senate. May pull vote
— Jane Hamsher (@janehamsher) September 9, 2013
Kerry’s “hypothetical” deal with Syria more than just a gaffe; seems to be upending the entire U.S. message today. A massive own-goal.
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) September 9, 2013
With the Cloture vote taking place Wednesday, and the prospects even in the Senate looking bleak, this may be Obama’s only way out.DONATE
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