Republican senators irked by US-Russia accord

Republican senators irked by US-Russia accord
Sun Sep 15, 2013 08:26:21

Top US republican senators have harshly condemned the Obama administration for deciding not to bomb Syria following its deal with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons.

The United States seems to be struggling to find a way out of what it started regarding Syria, after it had to halt a military action which it rushed to launch due to internal and international condemnation.

US President Barack Obama, who came to power with the slogan of ending a decade of war led by previous republican government, was grilled by a growingly opposing public for planning to start yet another war in the Middle East.

However as Russia helped curb Obama administration’s military ambitions by proposing a deal to settle the problem of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Republicans and Israeli lobbyists are blasting Obama not to halt military plans.

"What concerns us most is that our friends and enemies will take the same lessons from this agreement - they see it as an act of provocative weakness on America's part," Arizona's John McCain and South Carolina's Lindsey Graham said on Saturday.

"It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley, and the Obama Administration is being led into it by Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin," they murmured.

The new agreement between the US and Russia ensures pursuing diplomatic ways to resolve the Syria crisis rather than military actions.
"What's worse, this agreement does nothing to resolve the real problem in Syria," McCain and Graham said.

The two senators believed the only way to solve the problem was supporting the ‘moderate’ opposition, which hardly exists now.

"The only way this underlying conflict can be brought to a decent end is by significantly increasing our support to moderate opposition forces in Syria," the senators said.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front is the core armed force leading the insurgency in Syria and according to Syrian sources many in the opposition have put off their arms after terrorist groups took the war in their hands.

The US and Russia agreed on a deal that calls for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014 though Obama warned the military option was still on the table if diplomacy fails.


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