So, this morning we were all signed up for the Russia solution... take the Syria problem to the UN to get a resolution putting in place a process whereby Syria would supposedly admit inspectors and supposedly hand over their chemical weapons programs to the "international community." In exchange for this Kabuki theater, America would stand down its military.
Now, apparently, Putin wasn't satisfied with giving America a fake reason to stand down its military, one where Obama could save face and declare a semblance of victory. No, he wants to go full-on prison yard in making Obama his bitch, declaring that Russia will agree to submit the Syria question to the UN Security Council only if the US first forswears any military option:
A Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control will not succeed unless the United States and its allies reject the use of force against Damascus, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
The proposal "can work only if we hear that the American side and all those who support the United States in this sense reject the use of force," Putin said in televised remarks.
See what happened there?
Obama says Syria has to pretend to give up its chemical weapons or else we'll use force.
Putin says the US has to give up use of force or else Syria won't even pretend to give up its chemical weapons.
We're not just not getting anything in this deal. We have to get humiliated by Russia for the privilege of not getting anything.
Epic face palm.