Surprise: Syria will probably miss final deadline for chemical weapon destruction

posted at 9:21 pm on March 24, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Last time we checked in on this process, Syria had missed the first major deadline for the crack plan we hatched with Russia to rid Syria of chemical weapons. Let’s review how we got here:

Oh yeah, Syria. If you’ll remember, there was about a week and a half in 2013 where it was vitally important we get involved in an armed conflict with Syria because after slaughtering thousands of his citizens with conventional weapons, Bashar al-Assad (a “reformer” in the words of the likely Democratic nominee for 2016) started slaughtering them with chemical weapons. This had the unfortunate side effect (aside from the thousands of dead Syrians) of requiring President Obama to treat what he had called a “red line” as an actual “red line.” And, thus began the push in the White House and the compliant media for an “unbelievably small,” Congressionally unauthorized military action in the country.

After one Rose Garden speech on the necessity of military action, followed by a Congressional revolt, one prime time speech to walk back the Rose Garden speech designed to head off a crushing defeat in a Congressional vote Obama was forced to ask for, and 10 days of bumbling “smart power” embarrassment, the president grabbed the first gaffe raft he could find upon which to float. That was Sec. of State John Kerry’s accidental aside suggesting that Syria could spare itself strikes if it just decided to give up its weapons to the international community— a scenario Kerry himself immediately dismissed as unrealistic, the State Dept. later dismissed as mere “hypothetical,” and the Obama administration embraced as awesome policy after the Russians and Syrians signaled they thought it was a dandy idea.

And, what’s going on now?

The head of the organisation overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile said he still hoped Damascus could meet a final deadline of June 30 but it might miss that target.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal by mid-year as part of a U.S.-Russian agreement negotiated after a chemical attack last August that killed hundreds of people around Damascus.

It has handed over roughly half of its stockpile to a joint mission with the United Nations but is several weeks behind schedule, blaming security problems for the delays.

Encouraging:

Kerry said he hoped the confrontation over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea would not harm cooperation with Russia on international efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.

“All I can say is I hope the same motivations that drove Russia to be a partner in this effort will still exist,” Kerry told reporters in The Hague.

Well, at least there are plenty of reasons to trust Syria’s and Russia’s motives and reliability, on display in both current events and the entire Syria weapons project:

Syria has missed almost all deadlines agreed in the deal brokered by Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whom Kerry met in The Hague for bilateral talks.

More good news:

My sense is that there’s virtually no limit to the slack the west will cut him in return for putting his guns down, so long as he doesn’t make a move on a NATO country. Especially given the U.S./EU interest in Russian cooperation (or “cooperation”) on Iran and Syria.

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I’m so shock!! Not really…

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Kinda like what Saddam did back in the day…

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

sort of OT but have people seen this stuff coming from syria?
https://www.theconservativevoices.com/topic/66935-muslims-conduct-real-life-ritual-human-sacrifice-on-video-graphic/

graphic stuff hidden by spoiler tag.

dmacleo on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Obama’s foriegn policy meets a Putin sized reality again..he got played but I do admire Putins long game skills.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Great speech from Putin yesterday.

No teleprompters in sight.

antisense on March 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Also we can stop calling Obama’s policies “smart”….

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM

This administration is an embarrassment.

What a bunch of friggin’ dopes!

NavyMustang on March 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Delutional Democrats:

Syrian chemical weapons removal
17h
John Kerry says he hopes Crimea situation will not impact co-operation with Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons destruction program – @Reuters
end of alert

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I don’t really understand the Syria situation. Isn’t Assad fighting muslim terrorists? Are we supporting Muslims again like in Libya and Egypt? IMO the real enemy is muslims above all others.

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Also we can stop calling Obama’s policies “smart”….

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Obama is a “flexible” sock puppet…

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Putin saved Obama then stabbed him the back in a humiliating manner.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Slightly OT, but related:

Obama Moves to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missiles

Two of our most successful missile systems would be eliminated in BO’s recent budget.

But on the bright side, his budget really doesn’t have a chance of going anywhere. The Senate isn’t about to break their string of not passing one.

climbnjump on March 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Obozo is still the least qualified person in any room.

Flange on March 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I believe the “deadline” was meaningless, from the moment it was announced.

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Only Harvard could give is a President who 1.issued executive orders that have no effect 2. Who makes a law that sinks like the Titanic day. 3. Is a feckless leader and gets played by a ex KGB agent day in and day out with no effort but well placed political mines.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Another pic of the guy with the Long face.

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Who the hell is going to disarm with America feeble and weak? Too feeble to attack our enemies and too weak to defend anyone.

Lest anyone forget, it is not Asad and his people who are mass murdering Christians.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:44 PM

BTW,

….overnight in Europe,….Hopey discuss’s Ukraine:

@NSCPress ‏@NSCPress 18m

POTUS: We reaffirmed our shared determination to confront climate change and its effects, including rising sea levels.

https://twitter.com/NSCPress

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

THAT’S where Kerry is. He’s in Syria playing rope a dope, but hasn’t a clue that he’s the dope. While, back at the ranch, O’ appears to be doubling down on the destruction of our military. Oh, goody. Three more years of this kinda crapola. The good news: We’ll all be on welfare, paid for by gummint dope sales.

vnvet on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Syria? Who cares.

VorDaj on March 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Obama talking about “climate change” is a joke he exploited the last few tornado outbreaks for political gain and he has my permanent disdain for that alone…seeing as one outbreak happened in my state…

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

We should give someone, anyone arms.

Sincerely,

Maverick.

wolly4321 on March 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

sort of OT but have people seen this stuff coming from syria?

https://www.theconservativevoices.com/topic/66935-muslims-conduct-real-life-ritual-human-sacrifice-on-video-graphic/

graphic stuff hidden by spoiler tag.

dmacleo on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

.
Yes, I saw some … of it. I couldn’t finish … : (
.
On the other hand, I did miss out on seeing the ‘Nick Berg’ video about eight or nine years ago, when it was all over the internet.

Maybe this made-up for it (as if I wanted it to).

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

OT, but wondering why HA didn’t catch this one!!!! A big deal for the Tea Party…
http://www.examiner.com/article/scott-wagner-makes-history-with-write-candidacy-wins-pa-state-senate-seat

lovingmyUSA on March 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

OT, but wondering why HA didn’t catch this one!!!! A big deal for the Tea Party…
http://www.examiner.com/article/scott-wagner-makes-history-with-write-candidacy-wins-pa-state-senate-seat

lovingmyUSA on March 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

.
I didn’t miss it . . . . . but only because I live across the Susquehanna River, from York County … : )

ALL of the local media outlets around here had something on it.

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

but only because I live across the Susquehanna River, from York County … : )

ALL of the local media outlets around here had something on it.

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Susquehanna!?! I bet that’s a Susquehanna Hat Co. hat you’re wearing.

Flange on March 24, 2014 at 10:02 PM

…troll free…of even the dumbest trolls!
…(brayam come and bray!…spermsequestrian?)

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Which bracket is Syria in?

GaltBlvnAtty on March 24, 2014 at 10:08 PM

OT, but wondering why HA didn’t catch this one!!!! A big deal for the Tea Party…
http://www.examiner.com/article/scott-wagner-makes-history-with-write-candidacy-wins-pa-state-senate-seat

lovingmyUSA on March 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I did a o/t post here the day it happened but it didn’t catch fire.

31giddyup on March 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

…troll free…of even the dumbest trolls!
…(brayam come and bray!…spermsequestrian?)

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Does this thread have anything to do with freebee and the American Welfare?????

No?

Then no trolls…

Electrongod on March 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

OT, but wondering why HA didn’t catch this one!!!! A big deal for the Tea Party…
http://www.examiner.com/article/scott-wagner-makes-history-with-write-candidacy-wins-pa-state-senate-seat

lovingmyUSA on March 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

lovingmyUSA: Very cool,..I fired it off to tips,..(H/T to you):0

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I fished the Susquehanna for many years. My whole childhood.

Even walked across it once. In the 70′s when it froze over.

I loved that river. So did my black lab, Betsy(Ross).

wolly4321 on March 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I like to stick to the really important things. I don’t know what that man has done to his face/head but he is weirder looking than when he ran against W.

Cindy Munford on March 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Delutional Democrats:
Syrian chemical weapons removal
17h
John Kerry says he hopes Crimea situation will not impact co-operation with Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons destruction program – @Reuters
end of alert

canopfor on March 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Translation: We’ll let you keep Crimea if you help us with Syria

Brock Robamney on March 25, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Lurch!!

You rang??

http://youtu.be/sPMKlEwrIs8

Sherman1864 on March 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM

John F. Kerry, Reporting for Doodie!

RandallinHerndon on March 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Yes, I saw some … of it. I couldn’t finish … : (
.
On the other hand, I did miss out on seeing the ‘Nick Berg’ video about eight or nine years ago, when it was all over the internet.

Maybe this made-up for it (as if I wanted it to).

listens2glenn on March 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

same, but I think I may have to steel myself to do so.

dmacleo on March 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

These two incompetents, Barack Obama & John Kerry, remind me so much of my favorite carnival game: “Whack-A-Mole”…And the both of them suck at whacking the mole…always a day late and a billion dollars short…Putin laughs at them; as does the rest of the civilized world and thinking Americans. This nation will NOT survive the next two and a half years…I’m gonna increase my monthly budget for ammo purchases from one box to two.

bimmcorp on March 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Three-way Russia/Syria/Iran rope-a-dope against Obama/Kerry.
Thing is the arrogant Obama/Kerry never realize how they continue to lose, lose, lose and never realize defeat so they continue to lose even further.

albill on March 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Still, it saved America from diving into another Muslim sh!thole with a bad case of dieorsharia. Imagine trying to win the hearts and minds of both sides.

BL@KBIRD on March 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

It has handed over roughly half of its stockpile

It’s handed over about 1/2 of what it ADMITTED TO HAVING.

GarandFan on March 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I never expected them to…………. there is no surprise here.

SC.Charlie on March 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Russia probably just unilaterally delayed that part of the provision.

I’m sure Obama will understand, it’s like Obamacare, anyone can unilaterally delay any of it they want without checks, balances, or oversight.

gekkobear on March 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM