And guess who the Russian president blames for Assad having chemical weapons in the first place . . . yep, Israel.
Putin: You know, I can’t be 100 percent sure Syria will actually comply with this thing
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I can’t really say the arrangement is unraveling, because that would imply that it was ever raveled in the first place - whatever that means. This was always preordained. Obama announces that he’s got a deal with Putin so he can run as fast as possible from his own self-created Syria mess.
From there, despite language in the deal about multilateral inspections and so forth, it’s clear that the Russians are in charge precisely because the Russians will see to it that the only real enforcement mechanism is impossible to implement.
There will be no use of force. That’s a given. So Assad only gives up his weapons to the extend Putin decides to make him. How much will that be? Not at all, and even at this early stage they clearly feel no reason to pretend otherwise. The Times of Israel reports:
“I am not 100% sure that the Syrian cabinet will comply with the US-Russian chemical weapons deal, but I think there is hope,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
“The latest developments suggest that Syria is willing to give up all chemical weapons,” he was quoted by Russian news agency Interfax as saying.“I just want to remind [everyone] that Syria’s chemical weapons cache was built up in response to Israel’s nuclear capabilities,” said Putin, adding that “Israel has technological superiority and doesn’t need nuclear weapons.”
Putin, speaking at the annual Valdai discussion forum with political scientists, pundits and journalists, also echoed remarks made Wednesday by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the Syrian rebels’ use of “provocations” in reference to the August 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb which Russia insists was perpetrated by the opposition.
Gosh. I wonder why Putin isn’t 100 percent sure Assad will comply. Maybe because the guy in charge of making sure Assad does - that would be Putin - is already offering excuses for why Assad has the weapons cache in the first place. You know, if only those horrible Israelis didn’t have nukes . . .
How long until this goes from a rhetorical talking point to an actual demand on the part of the Syrians, with Putin’s full backing? Hey, come to think of it, the Syrians have to be able to protect themselves from those expansionist Israelis, especially with the bellicose Netanyahu running things. It’s only fair. Sure it wasn’t part of the original deal. Deals change . . .
You can fault Putin for not being true to his word, and you should. But anyone who is clear-headed should know enough to expect that from Putin. The better question is: Why would the president of the United States trust a man such as this to resolve a situation that Obama had declared two weeks earlier to be so serious that it demanded U.S. military action? Oh right. Because the president is Barack Obama and he has not the slightest idea what he’s doing.