Consider this in the lead front-page piece at The New York Times by Steven Lee Myers (left) on Putin and the Russian proposal--not accepted by Assad today--to put all of Syria's chemical stockpiles under international control. This would seem like a positive development, especially since President Obama said there was no particular gain in bombing this week vs. two weeks or a month from now. And Obama and nearly all of our political leadership leaped at the offer. But consider this near the top of the Myers piece:
Although circumstances could shift yet again, Mr. Putin appears to have achieved several objectives, largely at Washington's expense.Now ponder that a moment. Myers is actually declaring that delaying a serious missile attack--which has little international or domestic support, and nearly everyone agrees would be financially costly, produce images of dead civilians around the world, inflame more hatred of America, possibly provoke a deadly Assad response in various areas, AND not settle a terribly bloody civil war--is "largely at Washington's expense." He should be moved off this beat just as surely as a Judy Miller might be.