Russia will take custody of the Syrian chemical weapons at some time in the future, Syria suffers no penalty, and Assad has the green light to continue his war against Al Qaeda. Obama gets to continue shooting off his mouth in meaningless threats, unsupported by Congress or the American people.A Brilliant Mess
....The net result, accidental or not, is that Syria is no longer just an American problem. They say they will give up the poison gas that, wink, wink, was never used. The principle, as Obama said,“that with modest effort and risk we stop children from being gassed to death,” is there on the table for a world that preferred to look the other way. And, added bonus: the neocon warriors are gone, homeless in both parties. All of this is a hugely positive leap from where we were a week, a month, or a year ago.
But outcomes don’t really matter to those obsessed by who won and who lost, those who see all politics as up-and-down nonsense instead of a clash of ideas with real consequences. So this past week has to be cast in the tired terms of the daily struggle for sound-bite supremacy. It’s a debacle. A blunder. A humiliation.“This rudderless diplomacy,” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party,“has embarrassed America on the world stage.”
You want embarrassment? Just consider some of the public statements of Republicans in the last two weeks.