Russia pulled this exact same trick with us with Iran and Obama fell for it then too. Russia isn't even complying with its' commitments to destroy its' OWN chemical weapons, the likelihood of Assad keeping ahold of a portion of his stockpile while giving the Russians a portion approaches 100%, and we look like feckless weak-horses to friend and foe alike across the Middle East and indeed the Globe. Assad went from being the next guy to join Hitler on the ash heap of history to a partner for peace in the matter of a couple of weeks because it turned out that bombing him would have been unpopular, and so Obama backed down.
But why in the world would they toe the line? Putin just succeeded in staring down Obama in his own back yard, and Assad is fully aware that domestic political considerations will keep Obama from being willing to launch an actual strike against him, no matter what he does. Both of them know that Obama will now spend the next couple of months trying desperately to pivot to other subjects, and leave them free to do whatever they want in Syria. I'm a big fan of finding silver linings, but there is nothing about this that is win, dude.
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“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
A tired canard that serves only to excuse inaction. Given your blind faith in both Assad and Putin, I'd sincerely doubt your objectivity or accuracy on this matter.There's no "good" guys in the opposition.
All evidence is against you. Where do you get this information?There's no "good" guys in the opposition.
Not by the US, France and England (among others).And the Assad government is the recognised legitimate government of Syria.
some would call it strategic restraint