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 Lavrov made clear that Russia, which wields a veto in the Security Council, had not withdrawn its objections to the use of force.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. 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.
it would appear that you did more than just one "snip". the story is a long one but allow me to post the last few lines that end that story:
Putin's victory is now complete. He didn't want a red line on the use of force. There is no red line. He didn't want Assad hauled before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges. He won't be. He doesn't want a UN resolution that includes the threat of force. It won't. He didn't want regime change. It's now very doubtful that will happen.
In every instance above, what Obama wanted he didn't get and what Putin wanted he got. But the White House and the few Obama defenders left willing to look like idiots by praising him, are going to spin this catastrophe as a great victory.
Few will believe that.
apparently you're one of those "few Obama defenders" left etc etc etc.
this msg has been posted twice and has been deleted both times. let's see if #3 sticks