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France To Offer UN Resolution Backing Putin Plan

From a tremendously relieved Reuters:

France to propose U.N. resolution on Syria chemical weapons

By Mark John and Dominic Evans | September 10, 2013

PARIS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – France is to put forward a U.N. Security Council draft resolution for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, quickly turning a Russian idea into a full-blown diplomatic proposal that could avert Western military strikes…

And also quickly losing Obama his only ally for an attack.

The French draft would threaten "extremely serious" consequences if Syria violates the conditions for giving up its chemical weapons, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

How do you say ‘red line’ in French? ‘Sure, you can use WMDs 12 to 14 times, but the next time we are really going to get mad.’

Moscow said it was working on a concrete proposal for Syria to give up its poison gas stockpiles, a day after floating the idea in what U.S. President Barack Obama said could be a "breakthrough".

The Russian proposal, which apparently began life as an off-the-cuff remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers Obama a way out of ordering unpopular strikes, days before contentious votes in Congress seeking authorization to use force…

The gaffe giveth (‘red line’) and the gaffe taketh away. (Of course, last night Obama tried to take credit for the idea. Being Obama.)

With veto-wielding China also backing the proposal, it could be the rare initiative to unite global powers whose divisions so far have blocked the Security Council from acting…

Obama told CNN: "It’s possible that we can get a breakthrough," although he said there was a risk that it was a further stalling tactic by Assad.

"We’re going to run this to ground," he said. "John Kerry and the rest of my national security team will engage with the Russians and the international community to see, can we arrive at something that is enforceable and serious." …

Don’t worry. It will be neither. But that won’t stop them from pretending it is both. If there are any further chemical attacks we won’t hear about them.

Such wavering from the West was dismaying for the Syrian opposition, which has been pleading for two and a half years for support from Western governments that long ago demanded Assad’s removal from power but have declined to intervene.

The Russian proposal "fails to hold the Assad regime responsible for the killing of innocents," the Syrian National Coalition said on Tuesday.

The proposal "is a political maneuver which will lead to pointless procrastination and will cause more death and destruction to the people of Syria, and further threats to the countries and people of the region."

He’s probably right. But this saves Obama’s face. So to hell with everyone else.

"Crimes against humanity" could not be dealt with through "political concessions, or by handing over the means by which they were carried out," it said…

The new rule is: ‘You can use WMDs just as long as you promise to give them up afterwards. For a while. Maybe.’

Western countries believe Syria has a vast undeclared arsenal of chemical arms. Sending inspectors to destroy it would be difficult even in peace time and extraordinarily complicated in the midst of a war.

That is the mother of all understatements. Israeli intelligence says Syria has a least 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, which are stored in more than fifty different locations.

The Congressional Research Service said in a report released on August 20 that the Pentagon has estimated it would take "over 75,000 troops" to secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

The two main precedents are ominous: U.N. inspectors dismantled the chemical arsenal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the 1990s but left enough doubt that suspicion he still had such weapons was the basis for a U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was rehabilitated by the West after agreeing to give up his banned weapons, only to be overthrown with NATO help in 2011.

And there are still WMDs in Libya, eight years after Gaddafi gave them up.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “France To Offer UN Resolution Backing Putin Plan”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “How do you say ‘red line’ in French?

    Rhetorical, of course. But it would be “LIgne rouge” in French.

    What strikes me most about anything these idiots do is that they set up a very complicated arrangement for everything; never going about anything in a straightforward manner. It has to be subjected to complication in its most comical measure, with so many levels of bureaucracy and intertwined ridiculousness to make it unworkable and undecipherable.

    Simple works best and always.

    But they will be the first to say how “complex” everything is and that the “knuckle-dragging republicans” can’t understand all the “nuance” involved.

    Which is why straight answers never come from national socialists.

    Because it’s all a lie, a fabrication, a scam.

  2. untrainable says:

    Watching Obama through this entire fiasco has been almost entertaining. Seeing Putin cut off Obama at the knees is priceless. And using a John Kerry “off the cuff” remark to do it is icing on the cake. Putin has done something nobody in America has been able to do for the last 5 years. He has tripped up our golden boy. Putin is coming off as a reasonable, savvy, politician who is willing to work out the problem without threatening anybody. And Obama is coming off as a total fool. “I’m warning you…”, “OK I’m going to bomb you, not a lot of bombs but I’m going to bomb you.”, “But, uh, first, uh, I’m going to take it to congress because it’s the right thing to do…”, “We need to send a signal…”, “I never said there was a red line.”, “It’s not MY credibility on the line, it’s the world’s… and congresses, and America’s… but not mine…”. I mean come on. The guy is shaking in his boots, not because of the firestorm he is trying to start, but because he has no one to blame but himself, and he CAN’T do that! Putin may have given him a way out of the immediate trouble, but this will come back to haunt Barry, one way or another. Whether that’s a full investigation into why a miniscule surgical strike is absolutely necessary all of a sudden, or if it boils down to a loss of political capitol and an inability to cram more of his poison down our throats without opposition, this isn’t over.

    If we ever get to the truth of all this, I’d be willing to bet that Obama’s role is even more insidious than Bashar Assad’s.

    • captstubby says:

      who would have imagined that a ex KGB Russia President words carries more weight than our man?

      rumor has it that President Nixon, when dealing with Communist Leaders, always left a small ,face saving backdoor that they could calm the Party hard liners.
      a political necessary?
      or just a old statesmen B.S. policy.
      our Man in Washington actions looks more like a scheme from a old Lucy T. V. episode.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      This is teacher’s lounge version of government. Foreign policy is easy when everyone agrees with you, and you don’t have to face the reality of how the world really works.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Let’s not snark on the French, children. Or, have you forgotten the damage they did under Napoleon?

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