The aim is to tame down a rogue President in a rogue nation and to prevent him from using weapons of mass destruction against his own people, or anyone else. The dynamics are fascinating.
A peacenik American President wields the stick while the Russian President offers carrots. How odd.
If the Syrians are disarmed of their chemical weapons, that of course would be a good thing and precedent setting. Other countries too have these weapons, so are they next?
The world is too small for the continuation of rogue leaders who operate in the absence of democratic reforms. The circumstances in the Middle East are too great to be solved by swatting one errant dictator, who will remain in power even after the fact.
Free world foreign policy is taking a hit, and concern is that the next steps to strengthen it and associated resolve are most uncertain.
Some people might believe that the time has come for a good woman to straighten this out.
“Amid Senate talks, Obama to back UN effort to secure Syria's weapons
By Justin Sink and Alexander Bolton
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama will back a United Nations effort to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, as the Senate began work on a new use-of-force resolution that only authorizes military action if Syria refuses to relinquish its stockpile.
In the Senate, a group of eight lawmakers are discussing the broad outlines of an alternative measure that would require the United Nations to pass a resolution stating that Syrian President Bashar Assad gassed his own people. It would also call on the U.N. to remove all of Syria’s chemical weapons by a certain date.