Those opposed to a United States attack on Syria (a majority of us, according to the polls) can take comfort in Vladimir Putin’s recent démarche. It averted (or at least postponed) a military action that could send America down a slippery slope to another Middle East war.
The current crisis has freed President Barack Obama from the credibility box he created for himself with his unfortunate “red line” threat. More importantly, it may soon lead to the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons – and maybe even to the beginning of a political resolution of the ongoing civil war.
It also presents the US president with a potential opportunity. If and when the removal of Syrian chemical weapons begins in earnest, Obama could propose to take the Russian-Syrian offer to a higher level –…
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