The Obama regime and Russia have reached an agreement on Syria:
- Syria’s Assad regime has one week to submit a “comprehensive” list of all its chemical weapons.
- UN inspectors are to inspect all weapons sites by November.
- The Assad regime must surrender all its chemical weapons, which will be destroyed or removed by mid-2014.
- Failure to comply will result in the U.S. seeking an U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions on the Assad regime, but those sanctions will NOT include military action. (Since Russia and China are permanent members of the UN Security Council, they will be sure to veto any meaningful sanctions.)
In other words, Obama is staying true to my friend Jay Gaskill, Esq.’scharacterization of the POS’s rules of engagement, “Bully like a flea. Sting like a butterfly,” or as our Trail Dust’s cleverly put it, Whip The Fish:
Matthew Lee and John Heilprin report for the Associated Press, Sept. 14, 2013, that John “Lurch” Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reached an agreement this morning on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and said they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions – short of military action – if Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply.
The deal calls for international inspectors, who must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to inspect all sites, to be on the ground in Syria by November and to complete their initial work by the end of that month. All of Syria’s chemical weapons stocks, material and equipment would have to be destroyed or removed by mid-2014.
Obama regime officials had said the POS was open to a Security Council resolution that did not include military force as a punishment if Assad doesn’t follow through on promises regarding the weapons. While Russia would be all but certain to veto any measure with such a penalty, Obama’s willingness to concede the point – after threatening a U.S.-led military strike with or without approval by the U.S. Congress – provided a step forward.
Another major feature of the agreement is that Syria has one week, until Sept. 21, to submit “a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and local and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”
U.N. inspectors are expected to turn in their own poison gas report this weekend.
Read the rest of the AP article, here.
Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.