Putin’s Syria stance offers US way out – People’s Daily Online

This is a penetrating, MUST READ, article published by China’s, People’s Daily Online.

via Putin’s Syria stance offers US way out – People’s Daily Online.

Clearly, President Obama may now have a way out, avoiding military intervention in Syria, thanks to the diplomatic intervention by Russia and supported by China. On the other hand, I think that President Obama may have dug himself a new and bigger hole, with far larger strategic implications [see yesterday’s blog entitled “Israel fears being left alone to counter Iran nuclear programme – FT.com“].

The People’s Daily article concludes on the theme that this latest initiative may pave the way for a new sort of US foreign policy, putting more emphasis on diplomacy; no doubt this will worry the US defense industry and the lobbyists will be active.

Many will worry about President Obama’s procrastination and personal indecision, seeing it as a weakness in his leadership style.  Some will argue that this will embolden those countries and individuals that want to weaken the US or her interests.

Even if Syria hands over her chemical weapons, there is still a civil war to solve, plus the strategic challenge of Iran‘s nuclear weapons program.

Picking the recent history apart, some will ponder that outcomes would have been very different, of course, if UK Prime Minister, David Cameron had won the Syria vote in Parliament.

Let me turn this to an open question:

If Syria hands over her chemical weapons, what will be the wider implications for US foreign policy?

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts?

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  6. The wider implications for US foreign policy that Dr Alf wonders about will be that in future President Obama will need to be a lot more circumspect about intentions than he has been.
    Red lines need to be communicated behind closed doors not in television studios and not in televised press briefings.
    Saying that you will order military strikes if there is chemical weapons use means that you have to provide irrefutable evidence to be credible or it means you have to lie and pretend you have it in order to justify what you propose to do next.
    So far neither Obama or John Kerry have produced any evidence and tellingly,neither has General Martin Dempsey America,s top General.
    General Alexander,the head of the NSA has not produced the evidence either,even in an amended form that conceals how his Agency might have obtained it so until I see it on the table I am not inclined to believe it exists.
    We have several precedents for disbelieving what politicians tell us are the reasons for going to war.
    They are most recently:
    –The Iraq War in which we were told that Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction”,that the “threat was growing,that Saddam was like Hitler,that he had missiles that could hit the UK in 45 minutes”
    –Vietnam,when we were originally told that the Gulf of Tonkin incident had happened only to learn decades later from Robert MacNamara.

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