After much posturing, pouting, and empty threats, Obama and Kerry have signed on to a Russian proposal that makes Syria a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and preserves Syria’s ability to wage war against Islamic jihadists. But make no mistake–Obama and Kerry will be taking full credit for this deal and will insist it was part of their strategy all along. A pathetic joke on their part but, when you are dealing with mentally ill people, you must humor them and allow them to live their delusion.

Some of the news blasts this morning insist that Syria must comply within a week. But that’s not true. Syria has lots of wiggle room and time:

Another major feature of the agreement is that the U.S. and Russia plan to give Syria one week, until Sept. 21, to submit “a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and local and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”

In addition, the U.S. and Russia have agreed that international inspectors should be on the ground in Syria by November and complete their initial work by the end of the month. They must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to inspect all sites.

The failed Obama effort to isolate Assad and strengthen the Islamic rebels is now official.

Going forward, Assad will be able to assert that he is doing what Israel refuses to do and will end up doing a nifty bit of political jujitsu. Expect in the next several weeks to see the rebels fortunes grow even more bleak as Assad, with the help of Russia and Iran, consolidates his power.

Big winner in this is Putin. He will likely get the next Nobel Peace Prize. Obama? He has reminded the world that he is irrelevant and weak. Heck of a job.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • 0getfitnow1
    • S7teen70six

      It didn’t flood any golf courses and his political operatives couldn’t manage to spin it as a racist event so it doesn’t concern him.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    I’ve got to applaud Putin and Assad for ensuring chemical weapons are not used in Syria. By the US. In phosphorus and other incendiary bombs just like those used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Nasty stuff

  • HARP2

    Obama calls a retreat…advancing to the rear.

    • S7teen70six

      Reggie gives him two thumbs up. Way up!

    • KenoshaMarge

      Does anyone still listen to Obama? And if they do “listen” do they hear?

      In his interview with Stephanopolos he stated that there were no longer bank tellers or travel agents. All have been “rototized” according to our fearless POTUS.

      The media that joyously reported every misspeak of stupidDubya seems strangely silent about the misspeaks of brilliantObama.

      Stephanopoulos Rationalizes Obama’s Economic Failures: ‘It’s Bigger than Washington’

      • 0getfitnow1

        I thought he was elected because he was ‘bigger than Washington.’

        • KenoshaMarge

          I thought he was elected because of the color of his skin to prove to the world that America was post-racial.

      • S7teen70six

        “A President can stop this.” (Just not me)

        “The problem is there continues to be a major debate in Washington. And that is, how do we respond to these trends?”

        (Don’t expect me to offer any answers though. But I’ve got a great line of bullshit. Globalization is creating these problems. It’s all Capitalism’s fault. If it wasn’t for the Tea Party and their insistence on limited Constitutional government and fiscal responsibility everything would be hunky dory and I’d be modeling for my mug on Mt. Rushmore. Damned Ted Cruz, Canadian Keystoner)

        Then Stephie chirps: It’s bigger than Washington. Admitting that Obama can’t solve it because it’s bigger than a golf ball. And Obot heads bobble in affirmation before they fall on their knees to worship The One.

  • DianaLC

    This is really OT, but I sit in my house again after a long afternoon of rain here in CO.

    I got this video of the small mountain community of GLen Haven. It’s just a little outside of Estes Park, which I mentioned in a comment way down thread. I have lots of good memories of this place.

    • shelldoll2

      So sorry. I lived in Colorado.

      • DianaLC

        I still won’t live anywhere else. We are close to nature here, and sometimes Mother Nature is a bitch.

  • binky354

    List of big companies now pushing amnesty. I ask why?

    (List is long)

    • KenoshaMarge

      Cheap labor.

  • S7teen70six

    If Kerry had any integrity he would resign his post. But he is a Democrat and they don’t do integrity. At least Unbelievably Small Kerry hasn’t caused any American deaths (yet) so Hillary Clinton maintains her position in history as our absolute most incompetent Secretary of State.