The debate in the U.S. Senate has been raging for a number of days now about a precise military strike on Syria in order to deter the Assad regime’s ability to use chemical weapons in the future. This attempt has been spearheaded by Secretary of State Kerry in a move to not only justify U.S. military intervention in Syria, but also to garner support for what appears to be an ever worsening situation.
On the international front, President Obama has made several attempts to promote the cause, even so far to petition the U.N. for support in what is being called a “calculated strike” against Syria. While the U.S. claims to have several allies in favor of stopping the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons, in actuality no countries have come forward offering military aid. Most of the potential allies for the United States hinge their support on the basis of a U.N. resolution, one that is unlikely to come in time for military action to actually have the desired affect. Not only that, it is unlikely that any U.N. resolution would carry much weight in the already wide-open Syrian civil war.
In what appears to be a shocking twist, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has called for the U.N. to take neutral possession of the Assad Regime’s chemical weapons. This proposal comes on the heels of President Obama’s failed plea for support at the G20 summit in Moscow. Not only does this represent the first diplomatic solution to the problem of chemical weapon use in Syria, it comes in light of the United States demanding that military action was a necessity.
Almost as if on cue, The Assad regime has apparently agreed to President Putin’s proposal to hand over all chemical weapons to a neutral 3rd party. This has many folks wondering what is behind the sudden change. While it is unknown at this time what the outcome of the proposal and its acceptance will be, it would appear that Russia has placed the U.N. squarely in their favor in regards to the Syrian conflict.
The idea that this was a political maneuver by Russia’s president in order to garner U.N. support and maintain control in the region is heightened by the fact that Russia has long been an ally of both the Assad regime and of neighboring Iran, whose oil commerce is a large factor in determining whether the region will remain stable.
While citizens around the world await the results, one thing is certain, the U.S. position has certainly weakened from where it was just two weeks ago.