Okay, Syria, This Time We Mean It [UPDATE]

No more “splitting” mommy and daddy. You gas one more kid, and we go straight to the UN.

May God have mercy on your soul if we do:

Russia and the United States announced Saturday that they have reached a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sets out a series of steps the Syria government must follow.

It must submit within one week a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile, Kerry said. International inspectors must be on the ground no later than November, he said.

If Syria does not comply with the procedures to eliminate its chemical weapons, the threat of force will be included in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Kerry said. “We’ve committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Security Council,” he said.

Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter leaves open the ultimate possibility for the Security Council to consider the use of force if Syria fails to comply.

Stop it! All those “musts” and ultimate “possibilities” are upsetting Mrs. Assad!

Turn that frown upside down, Asma. (Why don’t you turn your whole self upside down?) Ain’t nothing gonna happen:

That’s not to say all of the many outstanding issues on Syria’s chemical weapons have been resolved.

Senior U.S. administration officials told reporters on condition of not being identified the main sticking point was what consequences al-Assad and his government should face over their alleged chemical weapons use.

These officials have no expectations Russia would agree to any U.N. resolution that included authorization for possible military force against Syria. The United States, therefore, will not insist it be included.

That runs counter to Obama’s call for the international community to take action, including a potential military strike, for what the United States and allies call a chemical weapons attack by al-Assad’s forces last month outside Syria’s capital that they say killed more than 1,400 people.

Obama has threatened to act alone, if necessary, and his administration credits that threat with Russia’s surprise proposal last week to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons arsenal to international control.

Outside of the United Nations, however, administration officials insisted they would not take the military threat off the table.

A senior defense official said there has been “no change” in the military’s planning or readiness levels and commanders have not been instructed to change their “posture” in any way.

So, we’re “posturing” over the use of force, agreeing to it within the framework of the UN, while knowing full well the Russians will never allow it. We’re also threatening to use force without the UN’s blessing—which it seems doubtful Congress will allow. But President Obama says he doesn’t need Congress either. On this momentous day we have agreed with the Russians on a joint proposal to do bugger-all, which is where we were yesterday. And the day before that.

So, fear not, admired Asma, you have until November at least, and likely far, far beyond to shop and improve the surroundings of any place you occupy. Food for thought, no?

I would surrender to her fingernails or ear lobes. What a dame!

UPDATE
As always, Mark Steyn nails it… and I want to cry:

A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama’s partner for peace, and the war criminal is at the negotiating table with his chances of survival better than they’ve looked in a year. On the same day the U.S. announced it would supply the Syrian rebels with light arms and advanced medical kits, Russia announced it would give Assad’s buddies in Iran the S-300 ground-to-air weapons system and another nuclear reactor.

Putin has pulled off something incredible: He’s gotten Washington to anoint him as the international community’s official peacemaker, even as he assists Iran in going nuclear and keeping their blood-soaked Syrian client in his presidential palace. Already, under the “peace process,” Putin and Assad are running rings around the dull-witted Kerry, whose Botoxicated visage embodies all too well the expensively embalmed state of the superpower.

My kids don’t believe me, but this was a great country, once. In their lifetime. But how could they believe me?

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