It could be a feint, it could be a delaying tactic, or Syria may have just blinked. Apparently Russia has been talking to their buddy Assad and dangled a non bombing alternative. Here’s the gistt:
WSJ — Syria said it welcomed a Russian proposal that it hand over chemical weapons to be destroyed, without saying whether it would comply, as a suggestion by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gained traction.
Mr. Kerry said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government could prevent U.S. military action in response to what the U.S. said was a chemical-weapons attack on Aug. 21 by handing its chemical weapons to the international community. Syria has denied using chemical weapons and blamed Syrian rebels for the attack.
That has a lot of potential. It’s something the UN can get behind, it’s something our own allies could probably be persuaded to support, and it would probaby not only get wider support in the House and Senate than anything else, it would increase support for what’s being debated now.
Sure, old man McCain and his neocons pals will have a sad that nothing will be exploded. There will certainly by a few Republicans scrambling around throwing anything negative they can think of at the WH walls to see if something sticks. It would be entertaining to say the least to watch Teaparty clowns snap their necks trying to do a 180, from non interventionist to suddenly whining about the US not getting to hit the Syrians. But if a legit deal like this were to be worked out, the damage to Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons could well be greater than anything a single missile strike would likely accomplish, and for the macho men among us, we will have forced his hand with the threat of a US military strike.