International buffonery

It didn’t take long. We have already reached the phase of the Syria affair in which we pretend that Syria is keeping up its end of the deal to destroy its chemical weapons:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday, saying that news that international disarmament experts had begun dismantling and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the equipment used to produce it represented “a good beginning,” and Assad deserved credit for honoring the terms of a deal reached last month to secure and destroy the regime’s weapons.

This, of course, is utter nonsense:

The ambitious U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, hit its first delay Wednesday with indications that the Syrian government will not submit an inventory of its toxic stockpiles and facilities to international inspectors by this weekend’s deadline.

This was the deadline’s very first deadline; we can expect all future deadlines to be missed as well, since the administration has now shown it doesn’t care about them. They don’t might looking like buffoons internationally, so long as they can save face domestically. The media, of course, is happy to play along.

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