Reasons for skepticism about emerging Syria deal

Reasons for skepticism about emerging Syria deal

[Ed. note: Strange bedfellows]

Events are moving very quickly now. But the latest developments are that Syria has publicly admitted for the first time to harboring chemical weapons, has agreed to reveal its stockpiles, and has indicated it will sign the international convention banning chemical weapons.

Various reports indicate that sticking points remain, such as the U.S.’s demand for a binding United Nations resolution requiring Syria’s complicity, and Russia’s demand that the U.S. officially renounce force as part of any compromise.

However, Gary Samore, Obama’s former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, tells me he’s skeptical both of the possibility of a deal being reached — and of it being successfully implemented.

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