Vladimir Putin may have saved Barack Obama from himself. Hell bent on striking Syria over alleged chemical weapons attacks Mr. Obama found himself out in the cold, rejected by his allies and, in all likelihood, left to slowly twist in the wind by Congress. In fact, the House had indicated it would not vote on the Syrian resolution so as not to embarrass the president on the world stage.
Then in stepped Russian President Vladimir Putin. He came up with an idea of having Syria turn its chemical weapons over to international control and stepped back and allowed Secretary of State John Kerry to float the idea in a speech. The idea was well-received and Kerry and Obama quickly took credit as a way out of this crisis.
Of course, this was another homemade crisis at the hands of President Obama, just like Obamacare and the sluggish economy. Had Obama not offered up an ultimatum none of this would’ve happened. That’s not to diminish the use of chemical weapons but more and more evidence is emerging that suggests the Assad regime had nothing to do with the chemical weapons attacks.
Can you imagine if Obama had attacked Syria and sparked World War III in the Middle East? Iran had vowed to attack U.S. interests in Iraq along with attacking Israel. Israel would have surely retaliated then it’s like breaking up a bar fight between two brothers. You hit one and the whole family is going to jump you. Then, to ultimately learn that it was the Saudi-backed, al Qaeda-run Syrian rebels who used the chemical weapons in the first place? Wow. What a mess that would’ve been.
Fortunately, Putin stepped in to keep Obama from doing something real stupid. But look at what has ultimately happened. Obama said the use of chemical weapons would be met with serious force from the United States. If we truly believe Assad used chemical weapons there were absolutely no consequences. All he had to do was agree to give them up after he used them. It’s like the police allowing a mass killer to simply throw down his weapon and they let him walk free.
If Assad does comply with turning his chemical weapons over to international control it could prove to be akin to one of those lame gun buy-back programs. You know the ones where Grandma turns in her late husband’s revolver he kept in the sock drawer. The gun had absolutely no chance of ever being used in a crime yet the police can crow that they got another “dangerous weapon” off the streets.
What if it was the Syrian rebels who used the chemical weapons? The UN says they’ve used them before and now they’re going through Christian villages killing Christians who don’t convert to Islam on the spot. What about their chemical weapons? Aren’t we going to demand they turn theirs in too?
Apparently not because this administration, along with other naïve accomplices like Senator John McCain, somehow has come to the conclusion that the same al Qaeda that hit us on 9/11 and now controls seven of the nine Syrian rebel groups is a moderate faction we can do business with. So we get Grandma to turn in her weapon but the criminal thugs who are known to have terrorized and brutalized innocent people still have theirs. At the end of the day I don’t see how this is a victory but for the LCDs (the Lowest Common Denominators) it may be all they need to convince them that Barack Obama is a brilliant strategist and master negotiator.