The Security Council Resolution on Syria: Farce and Fait Accompli

Moscow is no longer a major power; they haven’t been for some time. Still, Putin and company are looking shrewd these days. Not hard against Obama though...

by Taylor Dibbert on 1 October 2013 18:00

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has come up with a resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons, but it’s hard to see what the point is.

While Syrian noncompliance seems inevitable, the current resolution doesn’t allow for military action under chapter 7 of the UN charter. Instead, if Syria fails to comply with this resolution, the Security Council would need to pass another resolution in order to respond to the Assad regime.

Okay…

What is the point of passing a toothless resolution at this stage? Does anybody really believe that in the wake of Syrian noncompliance, Russia would support military intervention?

Obama is lucky to have avoided an embarrassing Congressional vote on Syria – which he was bound to lose. Nonetheless, it’s hard to see how he could be thrilled about this latest deal – one that looks more like a futile, time-buying exercise than anything else.

This resolution is not a diplomatic breakthrough. It is, however, a big public relations win for Putin.

Getting a meaningful resolution through the Security Council is always a herculean task, which is one of the principal reasons why Washington’s current strategy lacks foresight.

But is anybody really surprised by how this is playing out? Aren’t we witnessing a fait accompli? Moscow is no longer a major power; they haven’t been for some time. Still, Putin and company are looking shrewd these days.

Obama has always believed that he’s the smartest guy in the room. Unfortunately, he has failed to develop a strong team of advisors and has almost no relationship with Congressional leaders. Now, Obama looks out of his depth and happy to bolster Russian influence on the international stage.

The time to restore some semblance of sanity to US foreign policy is long overdue; all that’s missing is an adequate commander-in-chief.

Taylor Dibbert is an international consultant based in Washington, DC. He is the author of numerous articles, reports and the book Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth

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