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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


PUTIN’S FIG LEAF ACCEPTED: Syria Backs Russian Plan for Weapons. If the problem was minor enough that this solution is acceptable, then it wasn’t worth getting all heated-up about with bombing threats and Holocaust analogies to begin with.

UPDATE: “It’s scary to see all the political reporters praise Obama while all the national security reporters cringe.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Climbdown complete — Obama agrees to UN debate on Putin plan. President Emily Litella.

MORE: The New Republic: Amateur Hour: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad. I’d love to hear the NSA intercepts of Putin’s conversations with Assad: “Can you believe this is working?!” Of course, the quote from a Congressional staffer in the TNR piece is pretty good: “an unmitigated clusterfuck.”

Obama may be able to sell this as a win to low-information voters, but the DC establishment — in both parties — knows better and will adjust its estimation of Obama, and its plans for the future, accordingly. As, of course, will our friends, and our enemies, abroad.


At the RC, we limit ourselves to discussing serious developments in culture, politics and ongoing theologico-socio-legal stuff. Syria has turned into such a, well I don't know what to call it, that it's better just to ignore it. Except perhaps to say, Really? Really?? But everybody knows it, and everybody's saying it. The only people excited by this are the diehards on NPR.

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"low-information voters" i.e. most Democrats. And Republicans.

Posted by: dearieme | Sep 11, 2013 2:41:51 AM

Sarin is a binary weapon, meaning that it is made by mixing two non-deadly precursors. Would some deal with Syria mean they couldn't stockpile two non-deadly chemicals?

Posted by: Jimbino | Sep 11, 2013 10:30:37 AM