Russia and Iran Roll Over John Kerry

france-usa-kerrySecretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced in separate statements to the press late Thursday afternoon that an agreement had been reached between them on the elements of a Security Council resolution to implement the transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons to international control for removal and destruction. The resolution being contemplated would follow along the lines of the framework agreement the two men worked out in Geneva, but without any explicit automatic consequences under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter for non-compliance by the Syrian regime. In other words a second resolution may be required before any enforcement action can actually be taken.

Two hours prior to the announcement that the U.S. and Russia were on the same page, Lavrov answered a question as to whether the parties were close to an agreement: “Russia is very close. The United States is not.”

It looks like Kerry ended up moving in Russia’s direction.

“We have finalized the draft which will be submitted at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague any minute now,” Lavrov said Thursday evening. “We have also agreed on a US-Russian draft resolution which will be submitted to the Security Council later tonight.”

The Security Council went into a closed consultation on the draft of the resolution later on in the evening and may vote on the final text as early as Friday, depending on when the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (“OPCW”) formally acts, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.  The OPCW’s text would become an annex to the Security Council resolution and be rendered legally binding once the resolution is passed as expected.

A draft of the resolution made available late Thursday night states the obvious – that “the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic constitutes a threat to international peace and security.” It does not assign specific blame for the massive August 21st chemical weapons attack, even though the Obama administration had made a point of saying there was no doubt that the Syrian regime was responsible. It demands that non-state actors (i.e., the opposition), rather than just the Syrian government, “not develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer, or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.” This was an obvious concession to Russia, which has been arguing that the rebels have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks. In another concession to the Russians, the draft resolution calls for accountability of the perpetrators but makes no specific reference to referral of the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.

Most importantly, while there is an oblique reference to the imposition of “measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter” if there is “non-compliance with this resolution, including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic,” there is no automatic set of clearly defined consequences, triggered without requiring further Security Council authorization, such as sanctions, let alone the use of collective military force. Indeed, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin interpreted this provision as requiring additional action by the Council to actually activate Chapter VII enforcement mechanisms.

Thus, under this interpretation – not expressly contradicted to date by the U.S. or its allies on the Council – all this resolution would be doing is to kick the can down the road and buy Syrian President Bashar al-Assad more time. President Obama and John Kerry can boast that “peace is at hand,” at least until they are faced with having to deal with likely non-compliance.

In short, Russia won this round.

The UN was also the venue on Thursday for a meeting of foreign ministers of the permanent members of the Security Council, Germany and Iran.  The post-meeting consensus, at least for public consumption, was that the tone and atmosphere of the meeting were positive. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif was described by Kerry as earnestly trying to find a way to answer questions of the international community regarding Iran’s nuclear program. He said that Zarif’s presentation was different in tone and vision than previous Iranian negotiating postures.

For his part, Zarif was also positive. He described this initial meeting as “constructive” and “substantive.” While continuing to insist that Iran retained the right to conduct its nuclear program, including enrichment of uranium, for peaceful purposes, Zarif acknowledged the need to find ways to ensure that there is no international uncertainty as to whether Iran’s nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes. However, he said that the “end game” must be the removal of all unilateral and multilateral sanctions.

The outcome of this meeting was that there will be another meeting to launch negotiations with Iran in Geneva on October 15th and 16th. This would be just the beginning of what could be a long negotiating process during which Iran buys more time to achieve its ambition of completing the development of a nuclear weapons capacity, with all of the leverage that will bring. Iran is very adept at using negotiations as a delaying tactic.

In short, Iran won this round.

Quite a day’s worth of “diplomacy” at the United Nations for Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    “It demands that non-state actors (i.e., the opposition), rather than just the Syrian government, “not develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer, or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.” This was an obvious concession to Russia, which has been arguing that the rebels have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks. In another concession to the Russians, the draft resolution calls for accountability of the perpetrators but makes no specific reference to referral of the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.”

    So, POTUS as jihadi in chief for the Sunni caliph movement has been thwarted by Shia-aligned Russia. Great.

    We see that OPEC and OIC are no match for international joo bankers and the will of allah.

  • truebearing

    Gee, couldn’t Kerry have negotiated the inclusion of a condemnation of American troops for war crimes in Afghanistan, or something? He sure drives a hard bargain. He and Obama really are more flexible now that Obama won the election. They can bend over in any direction necessary. When will Russian be designated as the official language of the United States?

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      John Hanoi Kerry is a professional when it comes to negotiating with regimes that hate America, witness his negotiating with the North Vietnamese Communists while still a Naval Officer and without permission to do so. One fraud (Barack Hussein Obama) begets another fraud (John Hanoi Kerry).

      • victoryman

        Kerry has the same IQ as Hagel……..below room temperature. There are idiots and practicing idiots. Kerry practices daily. He, and the golfer-in-chief are rolled like bowling balls on a daily basis by the Russians……and now, the Iranians. If it weren’t for the state run media and the low (NO) information voters, all our citizenry would know that these two fools are the laughing stock all world capitols. As for Hagel, he’ll just continue walking around in a daze.

    • dad1927

      He should have brought his buddy Hanoi Jane!

    • ReyR

      Russian as your official language? Never. First, it’s way too complicated and difficult for most non-Russian born to master. Then again, please do not overestimate our interest in your land and resources. It would be safe to say that we here have ample assets at home, we don’t care to trespass other people’s grounds, as long as they don’t invade ours. A book on Russian history would be a great place to start though. You may even find yourself pleasantly surprised.

  • Ellsworth Toohey

    Thanks the Russians for sparing the US govt from being the laughing stock of the not so free world !

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Anyone who morally equates Muslims with non-Muslim infidels while in office like John Kerry and Barack Obama in my book is not only grossly incompetent, but also exceedingly malfeasant in office at the same time. Morons like that should be fired immediately and made examples of.

    • Jack Steinberg

      I disagree. Muslims are human beings too, you know. They are just victims of Islam.

      However, I agree that Kerry and Obama are jokes. They have been played by Russia and Iran and Assad. USA lost against freedom.

      • Arf

        “Victims of Islam”, Jack? Are you kidding? Are Nazis “Victims of Hitler”? think of Nidal Hassan (sp?) the “doctor” who murdered all those soldiers on the base. Was he a victim? I pray that one day racists (like yourself) who see Arabs and Muslims as mindless and powerless children one day learn first hand that they are not.

        • defcon 4

          What race is islam again? Who the hell would say muslimes are powerless, after all they’re killing and subjugating people of other faiths all over the muslime world.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        I disagree. Muslims are human beings too, you know. They are just victims of Islam

        You are right, they are victims, but they are also our eternal mortal enemy too. Hence, if the choice comes down to either self-defense or otherwise subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism or death, then I don’t know about you, but I’m fighting. You can surrender if you want because it is against your principles or what not. Indeed, if hard decisions are a little harder for you than for most people, then please don’t ever run for office, as the last so-called compassionate conservative president we had, i.e., GWB, didn’t have a conservative bone in his exceedingly liberal body and as a result was one of the worst presidents ever in history to have ever served the office.

  • Biff Henderson

    In a nutshell Goliath fell to a spit wad.

  • Aizino Smith

    John Kerry is in the final stages of irrational behaviour.

    By the time he is done, people will so revile him that virtual every movement that he has championed will be looked at in a new and dim light, from Nuclear Freeze, to the anti-War movement to Nicaragua.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    Should we have expected anything different? The Washington minnows, especially our revered President Obama, convinced of their intellectual superiority as compared to the foreign “dolts” they think they’re dealing with, are swimming with the world’s sharks obviously over matched and oblivious to the fact that America is intended to be the main course in a Jihad feast. The only certainty is that the Obama spin machine will take credit for whatever results.

    And what will be the global impact of an America in decline? Just take a look around. America was the only nation with the economic, industrial and military superiority and the will to confront tyranny almost anywhere while the remainder of the west took this as an opportunity to build a military only for self defense, if that, and spend what they saved on rebuilding after WWII followed by growing and financially troubled socialist empires. Maintaining a military presence in some of these countries has been categorized by the progressive left as “American Imperialism.”

    Where has this left us? Listen to all these potentates bemoaning the fact that America is now too weak; no longer a deterrent to the threats to world peace and their security that they, by their inaction, don’t even consider their responsible to face. Where is American leadership? More to the point where is their leadership? What are they waiting for? What is their responsibility to face the threat of a nuclear Iran, the elephant in the room, a threat they continue to fear but take no action to eliminate, waiting for another Texas style American cowboy to commit American blood and treasure to bail out their Muslim backsides or the hated and feared Israelis.

    Supposedly, for America, it’s all about the oil as if the oil means nothing to the rest of the industrialized world or the Middle East which is why the latter shut off America’s supply as their favorite means of political extortion, don’t they? Oh, they don’t! Interesting. I guess Jihad needs all that foreign oil revenue to fund the violence America is expected to confront. What better way to destroy the “great Satan” than for it to fund its own destruction.

    This latter is a problem easily resolved except for the power invested in another cabal of intellectual elites that are the environmental watchdogs in the west frantically building regulatory roadblocks to prevent the “evil, greedy, corrupt”
    fossil fuel producers from “destroying the planet,” or so they allege. But there’s no need to allege that these zealots are using their dictatorial control aiding and abetting Obama in his quest to fundamentally change America. Intentional or not, that’s a fact. Obama is succeeding which is why Rush Limbaugh openly expressed his wish that Obama would fail and was roundly criticized for it. But
    I’ve digressed.

  • truebearing

    Don’t underestimate the ideological factor in their apparent stupidity. Their objectives are definitely not to further the interests of the United States. They are committed transnationalists, i.e. neo-communists. This is all political theater. They have to forfeit US sovereingty slowly and carefully, in accordance with the Gramscian rules for revolution.

    You’re right about their stupidity, however. Hagel is a certifiable moron, and that may be a kind assessment of his fruit fly sized intellect. The sum total of Kerry’s intellect is consumed in his perpetual effort to look important.

    • victoryman

      Correct on all points. If we throw in the Quisling (Islamist?) Brennan, we have quite a stew. Kerry, and I believe, now Obama have signed off on the UN “Small arms” treaty. The “Experts” say that it will never pass the Senate for ratification. The democrats in the senate will vote in lockstep. If enough RINO’s follow suit……? Yes. We have transnationalists in our government, but we also have the Brotherhood well represented in sensitive, high ranking positions. At the top of the ladder sits the vacationer/golfer-in-chief. I would call him a Statist, with a large dose of Islamo/Communism thrown in. We are led by weakness now, and we all know the historical results of weakness. History always repeats. Only the names change.

    • liza dany

      my Aunty Madelyn got yellow Hyundai from only workin parttime on a computer… weblink


    • dad1927

      He is a muslim. Obama would not hire a non muslim to clean toilets.

  • FrontPgSubscr

    This is all, in the fullest sense of the word, the quintessential personification
    of liberalism at work.

  • AdinaF

    Nonsense. Russia and Iran did not roll over Kerry. He did exactly what the POTUS instructed him to (and what he is in league with too) and the result is found herein – ‘UPDATE: Nuclear Iran A Foregone Outcome: A Merging Of The Islamist-in-Chief’s Intentions; Iran’s Hitlerite Regime. The North Korean Model/Template’.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

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  • mcbee555

    Now that they’ve rolled over Kerry, Obama has decided he’ll show Kerry how an “expert” shapes foreign policy! :):)

  • usmcmailman

    Baloney John!