Вчерашнее предложение России по "добровольному разоружению" Сирии наделало шума в США. Население США, представители военных, экспертных, политических кругов крайне неоднозначно относятся к возможной операции в Сирии.
Russia and the United States worked out a secret way to agree on a resolution to the Syria crisis, with Assad giving up his chemical weapons. Or maybe the Russians are trolling John Kerry again. As Monday evolved, it seemed increasingly possible that the first possibility was the accurate one.
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at the British Foreign Office, offered the idea in response to a journalist's question about how strikes on Syria could be averted. The Independent reports Kerry said:
“Sure, [Assad] could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it), but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done.”
Kerry's tone was largely dismissive of the idea, as the video on that page shows. The State Department also quickly declared the secretary's comments to be "rhetorical," CNN reports.
The Russians, however, appear to be taking the idea seriously. The Associated Press reports that Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov embraced Kerry's suggestion in a statement from Moscow.
Sergey Lavrov said Monday that if such a move would help avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Syria to relinquish control over its chemical arsenals. The Atlantic Wire
It sure sounded like a gaffe when, on Monday morning Secretary of State John Kerry threw out a proposal to avert airstrikes against Syria, but by this afternoon, the line had been embraced by Russia, Syria, and even his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, calling it "the Kerry proposal." Ibid.
Hard to see it now, but when Putin becomes allied with US Congress, the President's position gets stronger.
The stakes for Obama-- he's posed a knife's edge &could collapse like Carter - http://pulse.me/s/q6OFT
Desperate times...but Russian diplomacy inspires the same confidence as French humility, Iranian transparency, and Saudi rigor
It's scary to see all the political reporters praise Obama while all the national security reporters cringe.
Kerry: I will transmit this message to Barack
Today the State Department got kicked in the buts, discredited and humiliated globally by Russia, and even I appreciate it as a good thing.
Only the threat of an "unbelievably small" attack, a gaffe and Russian opportunism could have gotten us to this point - which is nowhere.
Russia deal on #Syria 'isn't real,' says defense lawmakers http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/321157-russia-deal-on-syria-isnt-real-says-defense-lawmakers-#.Ui5G8tWSMgg.twitter …
Sen. Levin, #SASC chair, on Russia's #Syria gambit: "If Russia is serious, & not just helping Syria stall, it could make a difference."