Kerry comes up empty in bid to get Russia's help in Syria

The US Secretary of State put a brave face on his negotiations with the Russians over the Syrian civil war, but in looking at the agreement that was reached, it's apparent that Kerry got virtually nothing from Moscow, only heightening the sense of American impotence. Philadelphia Inquirer: Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement contains no hint of a diplomatic breakthrough. Indeed, diplomacy stands no chance unless President Obama first does what he has long avoided: takes the lead in helping the Syrian opposition break the military stalemate on the ground. Take a look at what actually happened last week in Moscow. Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said they would bring representatives of the Syrian government and opposition together to determine how to implement a plan for a political transition, based on a June 2012 agreement reached by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland. But this accord has...(Read Full Post)