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Monday, September 9, 2013

Pulling Back from Bombing Brink? Obama Face-Saving Solution on Syria Emerging...

"Obama Face-Saving Solution on Syria Emerging", via Naked Capitalism, (linking to WSJ, and Agent France Presse):
...Recall that the Pentagon Papers revealed that the US defense and intelligence communities had understood full well that America could not win [sic] in Vietnam, yet felt it could not withdraw for reasons of prestige...

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the US and Russia have agreed on a climb-down:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday backed a demand by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Syria put chemical weapons under international control and then destroy them, a rare sign of apparent agreement between Moscow and Washington…

Mr. Lavrov’s comments came hours after Mr. Kerry said Syria could prevent U.S. military action by handing over its chemical weapons to the international community, as President Barack Obama mounts an intensive campaign to promote a strike on Syria.
Agence France-Presse has tweeted that Damascus supports the proposal.

David Cameron, not surprisingly, is also on board.

While this is a very encouraging development, a sketchy proposal is a long way from a done deal...

Some background:

"The The Bill Congress Should Pass Instead of War" (David Swanson, Warisacrime.org, Sept. 6, 2013)

"Iran-Contra Redux? Prince Bandar Heads Secret Saudi-CIA Effort to Aid Syrian Rebels, Topple Assad" (Democracy Now!, Sept. 6, 2013)

"Al-Qaeda-linked rebels assault Syrian Christian Village" (CBS News, Sept. 4, 2013)

"With Focus on U.S.-Led Strikes, Global Failure to Meet Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis Goes Unnoticed" (Democracy Now! Sept. 4, 2013)

"Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a "Widespread Regional War"?" (Democracy Now! Sept. 3, 2013)

"Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side? (Robert Fisk, The Independent, Aug. 27, 2013)

"As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven" (Anne Barnard and Eric Schmitt, NYT, Aug. 8, 2013)

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