Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Syria Set to "Miss a Major Deadline" in Dismantling Chemical Weapons Arsenal, Again - The Tower - The Tower
Prospects for smooth implementation of the deal grew even dimmer last Friday, with NATO announcing that it would halt joint missions with the Russians aimed at securing and destroying Syrian chemical weapons.
Observers working to unpack the implications of the Crimean crisis had already worried that the spiraling tensions – which have pitted the West against Russia – would negatively impact efforts aimed at dampening violence in Syria. The White House had been criticized before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for leaning too heavily on Russian President Vladimir Putin to assist in promoting a workable solution to Syria’s almost three-year-long war.
Surprisingly, Obama's ad hoc solution to the Syria imbroglio is not working out well.