A POTEMKIN DISARMAMENT EFFORT : “Obama now needs Assad & Putin. He is their partner in this sham process.”

Here are his eight hard truths – Michael Doran. A Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution

#1 | Assad will never under any condition truly relinquish his CW. He is a proven liar on issues such as this.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#2 | US cannot coerce Assad, b/c for all intents & purposes BHO lost the vote in Congress, even though it never took place.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#3 | Putin, recognizing that Obama had boxed himself in, provided him with an excuse to leave the battlefield w/honor.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#4| Obama can claim that he “coerced” Assad to give up CW & that he revitalized US deterrent w/out firing a shot.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#5| But Obama now NEEDS Assad & Putin. He is their partner in this sham process.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#6| When Assad cheats, Obama will make excuses. Otherwise he’d have to do something about it – which he can’t do, b/c he lost the vote.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#7| A year ago, we were calling on Assad to step down, but now he is our partner, together w/Putin, in a Potemkin disarmament effort.

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013

#8| Remember the fiasco, in the 1990s, of using UN to search for Iraq WMD while Russia obstructed. We willingly jumped into that again!

— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 10, 2013