Ahead of President Obama’s national address this evening, reports out this morning suggest Syria has agreed to a Russian proposal that will require Bashar al-Assad to hand over any chemical weapons in the country to international control.
Syria said Tuesday it has accepted Russia’s proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly “agreed to the Russian initiative.”
Al-Moallem added that Syria did so to “uproot U.S. aggression.”
So is U.S. military action against Syria off the table now? This morning on radio, Glenn explained why he doesn’t think so.
Despite the obvious foreign policy blunder on the side of the Administration, President Obama has emerged relatively unscathed.
“But this is how the media helps you, right,” Stu asked. “I mean, you can have a huge mistake. The other side of the world calls you on it – embarrasses your entire policy. You find a way out of it when [the opinion is] 5‑to‑1 against you in the United States, and the media gives you credit for winning the day. They are saying it's a break through in Syria, a break through. I mean, how do you lose?”
“You don't,” Glenn explained. “That's why he's arrogant and has no self‑examination. And so it's not necessarily incompetence as much as there is no learning curve there. [President Obama] has no learning curve because he has no reason to learn. There's no consequence in his life. I mean, no responsibility.”
When you consider how handily President Obama won the 2012 election, the lack of accountability becomes clear.
“He's never held responsibility for absolutely anything in his life… which [is why] he is dangerous.”
So do we still strike Syria? Pat was 90% certain we would not.
“If [Syria] accepts the deal as it was outlined… and it really works out like that, yeah, I think there's a 90% chance they don't strike,” Pat said. “Their back is against the wall.”
Stu, however, wasn’t so sure. “I don't think it's 90%. I have to say that I think they want to do this, and I think there are so many outs here,” he said. “I mean, they could just say, ‘Look, there's more weapons that they haven't turned over.’”
“None of us can say,” Glenn concluded. “Now, imagine you're an ally. What we're saying is: Is he going to do the right thing for the country? Will he actually go through with what he has said? Will he take the opportunity to back the world up from the brink of war? I'm not exactly sure of that.”
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