Obama did not see the big punch coming from Putin. How could the community organizer survive against a very effective onslaught of an old KGB hand? In the weeks leading up to the final diplomatic solution to Syria, Putin finally made his mark felt on the world, dithering just like Obama on taking steps to contain rogue nations. Putin’s jabs left Obama weakened, both domestically and internationally. Putin, after all, is an old KGB hand; they knew how to kill their opponents both literally and figuratively. Aiding Putin in his power play were Obama’s empty punches for Syria, leaving Putin refreshed and himself quite exhausted with the effort. Then the American public sent out some quiet punches Obama’s way, which further pummeled him. A split Congress added to the dilemma of Obama’s empty power.
In the latest developments on Syria, Reuters reported that President Barack Obama vowed that Syria would be held to account if it failed to live up to its promises to surrender chemical weapons. Obama said that concrete steps were essential for getting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so they could ultimately be destroyed. The deal emerged from Geneva talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Is anybody even listening to Obama any more?
Putin has already hatched the deal for Syria, and Obama’s calls for anything in this regard are completely ineffectual. There is nothing he can say or do that will matter in the least. With the involvement of the UN, matters will drag on for eternity; nothing much of consequence has ever resulted with the UN in charge. To make matters worse is the fact that Russia is in control, which is letting the fox loose in the hen house. Russia will facilitate Syria’s moving around some chemical weapons while pretending to destroy them. It will take many years to accomplish any destruction of any kind. Most likely, those chemical weapons will be hidden away in safe places until they can be used again at an opportune moment.
Despite Obama’s vow to act militarily if the diplomatic solution fails, it simply will not happen because Russia is standing by with Syria. It has a lot at stake in Syria. It’s because of Syria that Putin has been able to crown himself the new leader. Whether the rest of the world accepts it or not, he has made Russians happy; and Putin currently is on a domestic high. Nothing pleases Russians more than seeing America cut down to size, not that Putin’s dictatorial ways are popular; Russians are kind of used to that with decades of communist rule. What makes them even more gleeful is the scolding Putin gave all Americans in an op-ed in the New York Times. With the op-ed, taking Syria and its chemical weapons under his wing, dissing Obama, and appeasing his citizens with a display of sheer power and cunning – Putin has successfully crowned himself the most dominant player on the stage of global politics.
That was the sucker punch for Obama.
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