It is Sunday morning and many Americans might be thinking, “Whew, we are not bombing Syria today.” Then again, some political leaders, especially on the right are gravely disappointed. Exploring the Fox News report, let’s see if understanding can be derived from their drift. “Drift” in this instance means deviation from the President’s policy.
Now, if you are a foreign head of state, and a couple of Republican Senators exclaimed that the agreement just reached between the U.S. Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister who are on point for brokering a deal to shut down Syrian chemical weapons to avert America's self-proclaimed necessity to bomb Syria for “humanitarian” purposes, what would you think?
a. There is disagreement in the U.S. government about the President’s approach to averting an air strike against Syria.
b. U.S. government is dysfunctional, witness the renegade warhawk senior Senators.
c. Credibility in dealing with the U.S. government is suspect as is often alleged dealing with Russians.
d. The U.S. military industrial complex has found a couple of puppets in the U.S. Senate.
One issue that the Senators bring to a consideration is how the agreement will be interpreted by Iran. Remember that Senator McCain while running unsuccessfully for President wanted to mockingly “Bomb, bomb, bomb -- bomb, bomb, Iran”? That sort of immaturity and irresponsibility knocked him out of the presidency as did a plethora of bad judgment that is his legacy.
Big mouths in government are popular in some states.
Syria is in a civil war. Yes, 100,000 and more people have been killed. No side in this war is favorably aligned with the pursuit of democracy and freedom.
As for Iran, that nation needs its own consideration that is independent from Syria. Syria is a distraction from the larger issues of Middle East policy. If an intervention is on the table, Iran should be a top priority.
As such, the Senators and House Members as well as State Department, Defense Department, and President need to be on the same page and stop embarrassing Americans with public displays of disaffection.
“McCain, Graham call US-Russia agreement on Syria 'meaningless'
Published September 14, 2013
FILE: Sept. 13, 2013: A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon at the Justice Palace, controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo, Syria.REUTERS
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticized the U.S.-Russia agreement Saturday to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, calling it “meaningless” and saying the agreement sends the wrong signal to Iran, which is suspected of building a nuclear weapon.
The Republican senators said the framework agreement reached by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is toothless without the U.N. Security Council Resolution that threatens the use of force should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fail to comply.
The U.S. and Russia reached the agreement to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014, and impose U.N. penalties if the Assad government fails to comply.
“Assad will use the months and months afforded to him to delay and deceive the world using every trick in Saddam Hussein's playbook,” the Republican senators said in a statement. “It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley, and the Obama administration is being led into it by Bashar Assad and [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.”