Putin and Obama meet for ten minutes in St.Petersburg and agree that Syria would accept a compromise only from Russia, not the United States.
Kerry drops a carefully scripted offhand suggestion even indicating that he doesn’t think Syria will accept about giving up all of their chemical weapons, wink, in return that they don’t get bombed.
Thirty seconds later the Russian foreign minister, standing beside the Syrian foreign minister announces the Russian plan and the Syrian who just coincidentally is visiting Moscow at the time, accepts, and since he doesn’t wipe his nose in public without Assad’s permission, the deal is done. Next day he smilingly returns to Damascus, reiterating Syria’sacceptance of the deal, and the French announce they will bring to the UN security council a proposal that seemingly by international osmosis is the exact proposal, now dubbed The Russian Iniative plan, that essentially coincides with the off hand remark of a seemingly detached Kerry when he threw it out.
All this as the administration has been pounding the drums of war to a skeptical American public and a wary international community wondering what Obama is doing.
Now we know. He has made his case not to the world but to the Syrians, his real target, that he will bomb them even if he has to do it all by himself, and they now have a way out using their Russian connection as cover
Verifiable, complete, who holds the chemical aresenal: UN, Russia?
Aye,there’s the rub.
But it was a deft and hopefully pragmatic and successful solution to what appeared to be a looming catastrophe.
It still looms, but less ominously.