According to U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry’s office the United States and Russia have come up with an agreement that avoids U.S. military intervention in Syria. According to the deal, Syria would turn over all its chemical weapons over to International Control. The weapons would be collected and then, only after they are fully accounted for the would be ultimately destroyed.
However, two US Senators among President Obama’s sharpest Foreign Policy critics said today they do not agree with the settlement, blasting the Syrian Chemical Weapons deal. Senator John McCain, (R) of Arizona and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina said that the agreement presents “An act of provocative weakness by America that will embolden enemies such as Iran as it continues to push for nuclear weapons.
However, House Democratic leaders said that the deal represented significant progress in efforts by the United States to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction. It is a known fact that most Americans oppose any intervention in the Syrian civil war. With a near 80% of American voters saying no way, and the 2014 elections just around the corner some legislators have said that a vote in favor of intervention, even a limited, no-boots-on-the-ground, missile strike would be politically suicidal.
The Horton Journal has opposed any missile strike, no matter how limited, against Syria. First we are interfering with a sovereign nation, second we risk expanding an already dangerous conflict, and finally, we are not the world police. Most allied nations oppose US intervention as well. Russia and China oppose the idea, and pushed hard for a negotiated settlement for now. I say for now, because any rational mind understands that if Assad fails to abide by the agreement, and thumbs his nose at Russia, its closest alley, then the Russians might very well stand down and tell the United States to go for it.
Meanwhile, President Obama has said, despite the agreement, that he reserves the right to move on Syria, if they do not comply with the American-Russian struck compromise. It should be noted that the resolution of this crisis, or better yet, partial resolution, is a sweet deal for President Obama. With a nation opposed to intervention he was in quite the fix, after he had drawn his line in the sand over Syria’s use of Chemical Weapons. In short he had committed the U.S. to military intervention in Syria if they unleashed chemical warfare. Then a year later he found himself with a country opposing any more war, and wanting a return to normalcy for a while. Thus, when Russia pushed for talks in Geneva, we he had no choice but to go to the table and hope to work out a settlement, avoiding limited missile strikes. Back in the day we called that “Slopping out”. Of course, no doubt, the Russians will be looking for a return favor in the future. After all we are like, well sort of “Comrades”, in this deal.
In the end though the whole sordid affair is nothing more than bad, very bad foreign policy on the part of an inexperienced president. He has made a mess of US foreign policy, made us look weak throughout the world and set us back in world prominence.
That goes to show you, the selection of a president should not be some high school popularity contest, but the selection of the man or woman best suited to do the job. The American voter made a serious blunder this time around. Hopefully in 2016, they will go to the polls armed with the understanding that at the top of the list to be president is something called “Qualification!”
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insights on this issue and all the issues of the day. Until then have a great day and as usual ……….God Bless America!