How's that deal to get rid of Syrian chemical weapons going, Barry?
Reuters is reporting that less than 5% of Syria's chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country so far. According to the agreement reached with Russia and the west, Syria was supposed to have shipped out all of its toxic agents for destruction by next week.
Gee - looks like their going to come up a little short. Who woulda thunk it?
The deliveries, in two shipments this month to the northern Syrian port of Latakia, totaled 4.1 percent of the roughly 1,300 tonnes of toxic agents reported by Damascus to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"It's not enough and there is no sign of more," one source briefed on the situation said.
Considering all the media play the original agreement received, you would think this blatant violation of the accords to get rid of Syrian chemical weapons would be front page, top of the hour news.
The internationally backed operation, overseen by a joint OPCW-United Nations mission, is now 6-8 weeks behind schedule. Damascus needs to show it is still serious about relinquishing its chemical weapons, the sources told Reuters.
Failure to eliminate its chemical weapons could expose Syria to sanctions, although these would have to be supported in the U.N. Security Council by Russia and China, which have so far refused to back such measures against President Bashar al-Assad.
The deal under which Syria undertook to eliminate its chemical arsenal stopped the United States and its allies from launching bombing raids to punish Assad for a chemical attack last August and made clear the limits to international action against him.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested in a report to the Security Council this week that shipments had been unnecessarily delayed and urged the Syrian government to speed up the process.
"Unnecessarily delayed?" Is that the same as "cheating?" Wait - it gets better:
That is the message that will be given to Syria's representative to the OPCW during its executive council meeting on Thursday in The Hague, where the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation is located, the sources said.
A senior Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the U.N. Security Council will be briefed on the issue by mission head Sigrid Kaag next week.
"All the indications are, and the secretary-general's report makes clear, that actually the regime has been sort of stalling on the implementation of the agreement," the diplomat said.
"Sort of stalling" on implementing the agreement? Gee - no one could have predicted such a turn of events. Certainly not our trusting, intrepid president.
Realize this: Not attacking Syria was a good thing. The president drawing his fictitious "red line" was not, and now it appears he was totally taken in by confidence man Vladimir Putin as he flailed about looking for an "out" to his reckless, unthinking action.
The Security Council will do absolutely nothing as this agreement falls apart - as it was always supposed to do. Assad gets to keep his dangerous toys, Putin bestrides the Middle East as the major player, and Obama looks like more of an idiot than usual.
Is it better for the world to hate us, or laugh at us?