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View Diary: No, Putin isn't being smart. Obama is running rings around him (253 comments)

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  •  Sorry, not buying it (7+ / 0-)

    It's to Obama's credit that he is taking the opportunity he was given. No military attack could eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, and since we don't know where they are, an attack might even release sarin and kill large numbers of people by accident.

    But reviewing Kerry's performance, this was not the plan. He blundered into giving the Russians a way to save their client from a serious attack, and the Russians took it.  Since Congress will never approve an attack, the Russians have spared Obama a major embarrassment.

    The effort for now should be on getting the weapons eliminated, without trying to force language justifying regime change. Condemning the Syrian government for the attack is premature.  Intelligence leaks suggest that it might not have been authorized by the government; perhaps junior officers did it on their own to avoid a defeat in a local battle.  Or maybe not, but there is no evidence yet.

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