Skip to comments.U.S. Won’t Insist U.N. Resolution Threaten Force on Syria, Officials Say
Posted on 09/13/2013 2:58:28 PM PDT by sunmars
WASHINGTON President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons, but will seek other tangible consequences for Syria if it does not comply, senior administration officials said Friday.
Although Mr. Obama reserves the right to order a punitive military strike on his own without United Nations backing if Syria reneges, the officials said he understood that Russia, because of its veto power in the Security Council, would never allow a resolution that authorized such a use of force.
France, which has been Americas strongest ally in the push to punish Syria for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack on civilians, this week proposed that a Security Council resolution invoke Chapter 7, a clause that allows United Nations members to use military action to enforce its provisions. Mr. Obama essentially is conceding that he cannot overcome Russian opposition, but he believes that a resolution must have teeth in it, and he will not agree to Syrias demand that he renounce force altogether.
Instead, the officials said, the Obama administration will seek a Security Council resolution that builds in other measures to enforce a deal with the government of President Bashar al-Assad, possibly including sanctions or other penalties. The administration will give negotiations now under way with the Russians a couple of weeks to see if they have any traction.
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All credibility is now in flushed down the pan.
Russia and China have shoved the Security Council veto stamp so far up Obama's rear that he can read it when he blinks.
Rather than a change I could believe in, this is the change I was afraid of.
True, he’s just a laughingstock now. We used to have a great country. Now? Not so much.
I have never seen a President so weak and on his knees as i ever have as this guy, its just jawdropping, the humiliation is complete...Putin orders it, Obama complies.
Syria: ‘Assad must go!’ said Obama. But Putin has carved him down to size, and soon it will be ‘Assad must stay’
This just gets gooder and gooder lol
So much for the humanitarian crisis argument that Obama tried to make to justify immediate action against Syria.
He has lost any shread of credibility he may have unjustifiably had in the world. Epic fail.
The community organizer with the missing college transcript got whipped by a KGB professional. Barry is clueless.
True, hes just a laughingstock now.
Even the liberal comedians on the late night shows are now laughing at him. He’s a joke.
On the other hand, Obama's actions do not benefit traditional American nationalists, traditional American Christians and traditional American families including children. In fact, these groups suffer significantly while morally degenerate groups prosper.
Putin does his job and Obama fails in his.
its basically a complete surrender of foreign policy to the Russians and the Syrians, how can you botch foreign policy up worse than Carter...how is that even possible.
Incredible. Hard to believe what I am reading. Words fail me for the moment.
“Rather than a change I could believe in, this is the change I was afraid of.”
Posting Hall of Fame.
My take is different. Why care so much about whether the UN resolution discusses force one way or the other when “I can do bad all by myself?”
Quite a few have been touting Putin, but he is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Its obvious now we’ve lost the middle east in the space of a couple of years thanks to Obama....all that work done for 40 years in building it up all undone in the space of 5 years.
America and much of the west is operating in a world where 1984 has come to pass. We have Newspeak, Newthink, Crimethink, Revisionist History, noble and flawless minorities animals, trees and rocks, permanent ancestor guilty Whites.
The triumph of the absolute and total lie.
Bizarro World, Evil becomes good and good is destroyed permanently.
Here, it's easy.
obama was almost on his knees to the Saudi king. All of obama’s supporters wish they could be on their knees in front of him.
All of this plays right into his plans to destroy this nation. He and a powerful group that pulls his strings. And by the way, that same group pulls a lot of other strings, too. Boner, Graham, the Bushes, the Clintons and McCain to name a few.
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