White House Tries to Back Out of Peace Deal
Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem all agreed to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, so as to avoid war.
But AP reports:
U.S. officials say they will take a “hard look” at a proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control to avoid a military strike.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday the U.S. would consider the proposal floated by the foreign ministers of Russia and Syria with “serious skepticism” because it might be a stalling tactic. She said Syria had consistently refused to destroy its chemical weapons in the past.
Harf said Kerry wasn’t putting forth a formal proposal.
In other words, the U.S. is unhappy that its bluff was called, and is desperately trying to salvage war against Syria.
Why? Perhaps because it was planned a long time ago.