So much for Obama’s repeated insistence that Assad must go. Indeed, Putin has openly demanded that any negotiation be conditioned on a U.S. commitment to forswear the use of force against Assad. On Thursday, Assad repeated that demand, warning that without an American pledge not to attack and not to arm the rebels, his government would agree to nothing.Assad is making demands - cute. Surely Obama wouldn't agree to this.
Oh never mind:
President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons, but will seek other tangible consequences for Syria if it does not comply, senior administration officials said Friday.How about an empty threat to round out this farce?
Although Mr. Obama reserves the right to order a punitive military strike on his own without United Nations backing if Syria reneges, the officials said he understood that Russia, because of its veto power in the Security Council, would never allow a resolution that authorized such a use of force.Yet here we are, pretending Syria will disarm, pretending Russia wants to pressure Syria, and pretending that President Nobel Peace Prize will launch an attack without Congressional cover. Keep chatting, boys - the world will admire your indecisiveness.