Obama: Securing Syria's Chemical Weapons Could Avert a Strike <http://gove-media.com/portal/wts/cgmcfObckd6bbjouicgBe7iczU3c49a> // Brian Resnick and Marina Koren
Russia offers to broker a deal to put Syria's chemical weapons 'under international control.' By Marina Koren and Brian Resnick
FOLLOWING IS MY ASSESSMENT OF THE LAST 24 HRS:
RUSSIA BLINKED. THEY ARE THE SOLE PROVIDER OF CHEMICAL MUNITIONS TO SYRIA AND THEY FULLY REALIZE THAT THEIR SURROGATE SYRIA WAS ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR ENTIRE AIR DEFENSE NETWORK TO U.S. CRUISE MISSILE STRIKES TO BE FOLLOWED BY ISRAELI AIR STRIKES ON HEZBALLAH IN SYRIA. SYRIA's ASSAD WOULD HAVE FOUGHT TO THE DEATH, AS HE HAS NO OTHER OPTIONS IOT REMAIN IN POWER. RUSSIA'S MOVE ALLOWS SYRIA's ASSAD TO REMAIN IN POWER (FOR NOW), TO SAVE FACE IN THE RADICAL ARAB WORLD AND TO ALLOW RUSSIA TO BE SEEN AS A PLAYER ON THE WORLD STAGE. THIS IS SOMETHING THEY HAVE CLUNG TO SINCE THE END OF THE COLD WAR. THE FACT REMINS THAT THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS BY WHOEVER, REMAINS A REDLINE THAT THE US HAS AND MUST MAINTAIN. NO ONE WANTS WAR BUT APPEASMENT IN CONTRARY TO THE BASIC RECOGNIZED NORMS OF WAR BY WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY, REMAINS INTACT. THIS HAS BEEN A CONSTANT SINCE 1938. STUDENTS OF HISTORY, JUST ASK THE FOLLOWERS OF LORD CHAMBERLAIN.
COL, I KNOW your assessment is correct! I KNOW you are right.
I also think when the president met with putin at the G-20, that he told him "Don't believe the hype. I WILL bomb assad back into the stone ages and YOU KNOW IT.
Now... there are a BUNCH of "freedom fighters" from Dagestan in Syria learning how to fight for their independence. Do you SERIOUSLY want them getting their hands on Syria's Chemical Weapon stocks after I blow assad's command and control to smithereens?!? You KNOW they will use them in Russia right? I can't tell you how to run yo business... but you KNOW I don't play."
^^^THAT is the message that convinced putin to "move something" out of fear of self-preservation.
I am glad that you mentioned the "freedom fighters" Cholly. Understand. Some Russian areas that have large Muslim populations want their independence. With the problems in Chechnya, Putin does not want any more hassles. He does not want any chemical weapons used, and a possible wider war could allow the weapons to get into certain hands. China and Iran as well as Russia the the United States will take this deal over a war.
I am not a military historian or expert, but one should remember this. The U.S. Civil War and World War I were supposed to be "short" wars. Rich people actually went out in both wars to see what became the early battles. As we know those wars were not so "short" after all.