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Obama Rescues Assad {Wall St. J. Editorial: "What A Fiasco"]
Wall St. J ^ | September 10, 2013 | Editorial

Posted on 09/10/2013 5:46:26 PM PDT by Steelfish

September 10, 2013 Obama Rescues Assad The President lets Putin outmaneuver him on Syrian chemical arms.

What could be worse for America's standing in the world than a Congress refusing to support a President's proposal for military action against a rogue regime that used WMD? Here's one idea: A U.S. President letting that rogue be rescued from military punishment by the country that has protected the rogue all along.

That's where President Obama now finds himself on Syria after he embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to take custody of Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The move may rescue Mr. Obama and Congress from the political agony of a vote on a resolution to authorize a military strike on Syria. But the diplomatic souk is now open, and Mr. Obama has turned himself into one of the junior camel traders.

What a fiasco. Secretary of State John Kerry, of all people, first floated this escape route for Assad on Monday in Europe where he was supposed to be rallying diplomatic support for a strike. The remark appeared to be off-the-cuff, but with Mr. Kerry and this Administration you never know. In any case before Mr. Kerry's plane had landed in the U.S., Russia's foreign minister had leapt on the idea and proposed to take custody of Assad's chemical arsenal to forestall U.S. military action.

The White House should have rebuffed the offer given Russia's long protection of Assad at the United Nations—a fact noted with scorn on Monday by Mr. Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice. Instead Mr. Obama endorsed the Russian gambit as what "could potentially be a significant breakthrough." The Senate immediately called off its Wednesday vote on the military resolution. By Tuesday Assad had accepted the offer that he hopes will spare him from a military strike.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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To: allendale
Nothing's changed. He gave the speech in August of this year and indicated Israel is willing to go after Iran now.

Here's another link for you with more detail showing that your thesis is wrong -

Since the cancellation of the planned Iran’s nuclear program has continued to progress. Today, argues Eiland, Israel again faces a difficult choice. “Time has passed and we stand before exactly the same decision, with less time. ” He added, “The lack of resolution is dramatic.”

21 posted on 09/10/2013 9:24:59 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender

Well we’ll see. Always felt that Netanyahu would never leave office before he took definitive action against the Iranian threat. However stand by the thesis that the strategic reality has shifted in the last year and Israel cannot now attack Iran with impunity. They may ultimately decide that they must, but they risk a terrible counterattack. Also it is by no means certain that if Israel attacks alone, the mission would be successful. A failed mission would be a disaster.


22 posted on 09/10/2013 9:33:05 PM PDT by allendale
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Steelfish. Amateur Hour continues:
Kerry, of all people, first floated this escape route for Assad on Monday in Europe where he was supposed to be rallying diplomatic support for a strike. The remark appeared to be off-the-cuff, but with Mr. Kerry and this Administration you never know.

23 posted on 09/12/2013 1:55:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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