We’ve had six weeks of fruitless palaver as Russia built up a military force in Syria, and 48 hours of misdirection and excuse-making from the White House, as Russia put the military force to work bombing non-ISIS targets – some of them linked to U.S.-backed rebels.
When was the joke going to end, and the American response start? Even some Obama supporters were starting to get nervous.
So it’s a relief to see the administration finally taking decisive action.
Lest you suspect this might not be an actual thing, it’s posted at the State Department website here.
On a serious note, I doubt I need to explain to anyone how very weak and meaningless this gesture is. But let’s take the trouble to consider one aspect of it, at least.
There is nothing to indicate that the sentiments expressed in the note were conveyed, in diplomatic channels, to Russia.
When you expect your objections to make a difference, it’s customary to present them officially to the nation that’s doing what you don’t want. You then tell the people you’re responsible to – i.e., the people who elected you – that you’ve done it.
If that has happened in this case, there’s no evidence of it.