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September 19, 2013

WILLIAMS: Obama played Putin like a fiddle

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Then lo and behold, Kerry makes an off-hand comment about the possibility of military action possibly being staved off if Russia could bring Syria around on ridding themselves of their chemical weapons. (And if you believe this truly was an off-hand remark on the part of the Secretary of State, you don’t know much about the delicate dance of negotiations among nations).

In addition, even though they didn’t formally meet, Obama and Putin spoke about the situation at the G8 summit.

And, lo and behold, Putin brought the idea back up as if it was his very own, putting himself in the position of peace-lover who only wants to help solve a problem brought on by the big bully, America. As if he isn’t acting in his own self-interest. Russia will look weak if its client-state, Syria, goes down and besides, they don’t want those chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands either.

If there is one thing Obama is not, it’s a glory hound. He wants to achieve an objective and doesn’t seem to care who gets the credit. So, America let Putin blow off but John Kerry and his Russian counterpart entered into intense negotiations and today, the New York Times reports that the two countries have reached an agreement for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons.

Of course, there is a long way to go and it still may not come to fruition but it is a major step forward. And if it does come to pass, it will be almost entirely Obama’s victory.

But what do I see from Fox and the Republicans? They’d rather believe it was Putin. They are lauding him, calling him a statesman, saying he made our president look like a buffoon. Really? If it happens, who accomplished their goal in the end? I think Obama played Putin like a fiddle.

He’ll probably have to wait on history to get the kudos.

Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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