Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Russian military has taken control of the Syrian chemical and biological weapons stockpile. This allows the Russians to provide support for the Syrian regime. Syrian troops that otherwise might be guarding weapons, are now free to fight the rebels. Russians can bring conventional weapons to Syria for their own use and provide them instead to the Syrian government forces.
The Russians can also destroy or remove any chemical or biological weapons that might have come from Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power. There was concern that Saddam had chemical and biological weapons but most were never accounted for after the war. Rumors said the Syrians got them all. This way the Russians can protect their reputation by keeping Iraqi weapons out of the hands of the rebels and perhaps the US or Israel or other nations that may be willing to raid Syria and take their WMDs.
This is the sort of thing that happens when America is weak. President Obama has failed to keep our military strong, has failed to take a firm foreign policy and failed to restrain either the Russians or the Syrians. The United States needs a strong foreign policy but Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama have failed to show leadership in the Middle East, the Russians are taking advantage of that weakness; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.