Brinkmanship

Joshua Ryan Ziefle

ObamaSpeechThumbnail_0As most of you well know by this point, there have been some important developments in the Syria situation.  The long and short of it is that through an offhand comment by Secretary of State John Kerry, the intervention of Russia, and the apparent willingness of the Syrian leadership, there’s been a willingness to find a way out of the crisis without war.  This last-minute effort, as I understand it, would involve Syria signing on to a chemical weapons agreement and agreeing to international oversight and monitoring of its cache.

There are a lot of “ifs” in this scenario, but what is does provide is a potential solution to certain facets of the crisis.  From where I sit, if the details can be worked out and Syria is truly making a good faith commitment to honor the agreement, there is hope.  If this new plan will a) prevent the…

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