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.
You know the old saying ... “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”
Forget about staying on the porch, Obama needs to stay in his kennel in the basement. Even the dogs on the porch would have him on his back exposing his throat in submission.
Wow. Obama just made the Syria Republican warmongers look foolish for siding with him.
What President Obama is doing in the Middle East is a "masterstroke of genius". By meekly threatening war -- and without the support of his nation, the government, the world, and especially the bloody tyrants he's meekly threatening -- he's keeping America out of war.
I read all about it on liberal blogs everywhere. And dudes, they *know*.
The damage will last far past the time Obama leaves office.
Even if the next election delivered us the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the world would never forget that American promises and principles can only be counted on until the next election.
There was a time when it would be inconceivable that America would blatantly sell out its allies and embrace its enemies, because with all our flaws, out nation stood for something.
Those days are gone for generations into the future now. It isn't only America's financial credit rating that took a hit under Obama.
He’s quite used to being on his knees.
I am so so so sad for my country
Nothing like OJT, but I think Putin should also charge a consulting fee.
Putin manipulates the requirements/resolution that All of Syria’s WMD must be put under UN control. This done, he turns the tables on Obama and the USA by getting UN action on USA WMD(we have 3x known the amount Syria has) that our WMD must also be put under UN control. What is good for the goose is good to go for the gander. This results in a standoff and nothing changes in Syria as far as the the UN is involved. Russia still stands behind Syria. I continue to believe that the bottom line cause for the confrontations is that Saudis with some other gulf nations along with France and other European nations along with USA banking interests want a gas pipeline across Syria to compete with the current Russian supply. There is very much money involved with this gas&gold situation. Russia from historical experience is no lap dog for the European bankers. Wars, big wars, have been started over seemingly less incidents/situations.
YUP! Our White House is no longer open for tours, our economy has been squandered, our presidential air fleet has been worn out and our uninformed and useless are power sucking all the govmint teats. The drain is picking up speed with white water ahead.
What does Israel think about all of this
If Putin’s strategy is in fact to get all nation’s WMD exposed and under UN control I would guess Israel ,which most certainly has the means, would be in the mix. This might well be another hangup that Syria and Russia want.
Obama is owned! He's a nine year old child that has been put in his place.
No matter what happens, the White House deserves credit. Oh my gosh, is that third grade speak or what? The nine year old dictates, and the world passes him by.
We need our own strong man in short order, because it is becoming very evident we are wide fricken open right now.
Is it funny to watch Obama humiliated? Yes. Is it good to know the U. S. is being humiliated along with him? No. It is not good at all. And yet..., it most certainly is.
Bests case scenario, Obama decides to go on Vacation until 2016.
Olympus has fallen.
Doubling down on stupid. Assad must be laughing his butt off right now.
There, fixed it. As with everything else he touches, he failed at community organizing too.
I agree 100%. America is the one getting screwed here - not Obama.
This just gets gooder and gooder lol
Yep, this guy is going to end up in a bad way.
Thanks Hoodat. I hear ya...
There is no good side to the Syrian conflict anywhere you look. Assad is no good. Putin is no good. The Syrian rebels are no good. Iran is no good. As Sarah said let them fight among themselves and let Allah sort it out.
...and that is exactly the problem. Just as the community organizer/agitator had absolutely no concept of the consequences of his bluster, threats and ultimatums, so too will he fail to foresee the consequences of military actions taken for the sole purpose of protecting his "rep"
Putin is a man who can say what he thinks unfettered by political correctness. In our world, that is powerful.
Dr. Nefarious loses again.
You are EXACTLY right.
This is all about Western European IMF banking and Western European petro energy supply and sources. It's about undercutting Russian sales and bolstering Saudi group sales while running all the money through Western European banking, and using the US military as a bully to force Russia to allow it.
I guess the NYTrash has to toss this wrong statement in. Since when do we get to "spank" other nations for staying out after midnight?
Russia is busily amassing power in the area and now making demands on our policies towards Iran's Nuke program. Zero is so much worse than Carter on the international front that they have to develop an even newer math to be able to calculate the difference.
I like your discourse as to my comments on the Syrian situation. You were probably more succinct as to the big picture. I also think Russia has just completed a ‘make one give all-make all give all’ scenario. As for me there will be no honesty or integrity as to any party to the dealing if such is not the case. I was in WWII and my brother was killed on Okinawa so I believe I know a good war cause as to a bad one. Kerry’s 3 months or so at war with self inflicted/promoted Purple Heart wounds in Viet Nam doesn’t pass the smell test for historical reference..
I guess we can’t in good conscience call the French “surrender monkeys” anymore.
Because that name now rightfully belongs to the president.