A DISAST FROM THE PAST

Ken Berwitz


As we watch Russia bomb anti-assad rebels with not a fear in the world that anyone – certainly not the USA and just as certainly not the UN – will do a thing about it, I thought I would repost this blog, from September 27th, 2013….just in case anyone thinks that the incompetence and ineptitude of President Obama and Secretary Of State John Kerry are something new to the situation:

THE SYRIA “DEAL”

Ken Berwitz

As you may have heard, a “deal”  has been cut  by Secretary of State John Kerry with his Russian equivalent, Sergey Lavrov, regarding Syria.

John Kerry negotiating a deal?  Could he possibly break out of form and get something significant accomplished?

No.  Of course, not.  This is John Kerry.

All you need to know about Kerry\’s “deal” is that it does not include a UN Chapter VII resolution.  This means that if Syria does not comply, in part or at all, there is no actual prescribed course of action.  The UN would have to go back into session to hammer out a Chapter VII resolution – with no guarantee whatsoever that one would be agreed to or how long it would take for one to be put in place.

Helluva deal, Mr. Kerry.  Strong words, no consequences.  Just the way Russia and Syria wanted it to be. 

And how does Syria\’s mass murdering butcher of a “President”, bashar al-assad, feel about it?  Read this excerpt from Yasser Okbi\’s article in Monday\’s Jerusalem Post (which I would bet anything you never saw in US mainstream media):

“We now possess deterrent weapons that are more important and more sophisticated than chemical weapons,” Syrian President Bashar Assad told visitors to his palace in Damascus on Thursday.

He emphasized that he had no need for chemical weapons.

al-assad then went on to say that since the UN wants his country to give up its chemical weapons, now they\’ll have to come and get them – thus saving Syria the enormous cost of disposing of them. 

In other words, “Take them and incur the cost of disposing of them – the ones I won\’t be hiding, that is.  I have all the non-chemical weapons necessary to continue killing my people anyway:  weapons you have not passed any resolutions on at all, thus leaving me free to kill to my heart\’s content.  And thank you for not making them part of the deal.  I\’m very grateful”.

So congratulations, Secretary Kerry.  You are quite the negotiator.  What a great deal you cut — for anyone who happens to be rooting for Putin and al-assad, that is.

Simply stated, John Kerry – not surprisingly, given his amazing lack of accomplishments during three decades in the US Senate – has displayed every bit the kind of “talent” almost five years of Barack Obama has taught us to expect from this administration.

How many more seconds (not years, months, days, weeks, but seconds) before this administration is gone?

Too many.

In case you are unaware, a UN Chapter VII resolution states that the UN Security Council can “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression” and to take military and nonmilitary action to “restore international peace and security”.  Without it, the UN would have to go into session, and argue back and forth – probably until long after the threat/breach of peace had played out.

Again, let me remind you that the blog you just read was written over two years ago.  It shows just how inept and incompetent President Obama and Secretary Of State Kerry were then and how effortlessly Putin and his people were able to flummox them. 

Little wonder that they are every bit as useless and easily flummoxed now.

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