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If, as certain wise men are saying, Barack Obama's Syrian deal with Vladimir Putin will die of a thousand cuts, somebody with a knife had better get busy. Four or five slices have been taken out of the deal already, and the carcass looks like it could already use a transfusion. It won't last for a thousand cuts, or even a dozen.
When I read that Secretary of State John F. Kerry reached an agreement on Syria with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, I could not help but think, "So the principle here might be if I shoot someone, all I need do is promise to throw away the gun within the next year, and I'm off the hook?"
Lawmakers on Sunday hailed the lofty goals of a pact the United States and Russia struck to locate and dismantle Syria's chemical weapons — but questioned whether Obama administration can assure the stockpiles won't be hidden by the Assad regime or seized by radicalized rebel groups.
The Obama administration and Russia reached a deal Saturday to compel Syria to account for and eventually destroy its chemical weapons arsenal, leaving open the possibility that the UN could authorize sanctions or military action for future violations.
Calling it "an important step" toward ridding the world of chemical weapons, President Obama on Saturday praised an agreement between the U.S. and Russia that will, in theory, result in Syria relinquishing its toxic arsenal.
As U.S. and Russian negotiators met for a second day on ridding Syria of its chemical weapons, President Obama said Friday that any agreement must be "enforceable."
Prospects for restarting peace talks in Syria's civil war depend on the outcome of negotiations for the Syrian government to give up its chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday as meetings on the arsenal lurched into a second day.
President Obama's "red line" vow of action against Syria turned a lighter shade of pink Thursday, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry saying a U.S. military strike "might" be necessary if talks led by Russia fail to compel Syria to turn over its chemical weapons.
President Obama and his Western allies faced off against Russia on the international stage Tuesday, battling over how exactly to force Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, even as the president pleaded with Congress to give him time to see the diplomatic efforts through.