Russia could cite such doubts about proof of culpability in opposing future Western efforts to punish Syria for any violations of a deal to abandon chemical weapons.
Syria chemical weapons
Obama says his goal remains to 'transition' Assad out of power; Calls dealing with chemical weapons issue 'first step.'
The plan to disarm Syrian chemical weapons is unrealistic, not least because they are the Assad regime's doomsday weapon to preserve the survival of its own Alawite community.
Rather than being bad news for Prime Minister Netanyahu's Iranian strategy, the agreement to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is proof of its success.
The U.S.-Russia agreement on Syrian chemical weapons disarmament achieved a lot more than the nice little war that Israelis wanted.
Syria served only as a table on which the two superpower leaders competed in a hand-wrestling contest.
Jordan is grappling with a strategic dilemma: If Assad falls, the new Syrian regime might jeopardize Jordan’s stability, but if he remains in power, Jordan might conceivably find itself stuck with half-a-million Syrian refugees.
The Syrian precedent of American-Russian cooperation is also likely to work on Iran. And in any case, the very fact that this possibility exists constitutes a deterrent from Iran’s standpoint.
The U.S. has not given up on supporting the Syrian rebels; it will now focus on training and arming them, together with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
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