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Potemkin Syria plan collapsing already?


May 11, 2013
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Jennifer Rubin:
18 Sep 13

The Syria gambit — letting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad go untouched so long as he and the Russians kept up the pretense of destroying chemical weapons — is proceeding predictably.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Alastair Grant/Associated Press)

That is to say, it is not working, even if “working” means only keeping up the veneer of effectiveness. Assad now says he’s delivered “evidence” that it was the rebels who used chemical weapons.Russia denounced the United Nations report demonstrating it was Assad’s forces who launched the chemical weapons attack. And the Russians insist that any United Nations resolution be utterly toothless. The Associated Press reports:

Russia insisted Tuesday that a UN Security Council resolution governing Syria’s handling of its chemical weapons not allow the use of force, but it suggested that could change if Damascus reneges on the deal to give up its stockpile. . . . Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia said his country ‘‘spoke clearly’’ about rejecting the use of force when the chemical weapons agreement was worked out Saturday in Geneva between Washington and Moscow. The plan calls for an inventory of Syria’s chemical weapons within a week, with all components of the program out of the country or destroyed by mid-2014.​

It will be interesting to see how the administration ties itself up in knots to maintain the pretense that everything is working according to plan. Former officials like Michael Morell, the recently-retired deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, effectively and very publicly calling the deal a joke, as Foreign Policy reports:


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Potemkin Syria plan collapsing already?

According to Obama, Kerry, and Carney this whole thing was planned. I just don't think so.... Putin surprised them all.
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