CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: If [Pelosi] imagines that this is a victory, she is delusional. The policy now is in total disarray. What happened yesterday was clear: the Russians were throwing Obama a lifeline because Kerry had made a gaffe. They gave an opening for Russia to look like the peacemaker, but as we talked about last night, their single objective is to make sure that Assad wins the civil war. That’s their interest. They have no interest in chemical weapons one way or the other. They have a base there. This is the Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis, it dominates the Middle East. The Russians are behind it. They supplant America as the dominant actor in the region, first time since 1970.
So what was offered yesterday? We’ll deal with the chemicals, but you’re going to have to deal with Assad. If there’s going to be inspection, you have to deal with Assad, to recognize Assad. You have to go under the protection of his military, you’re going to obviously have to tell the rebels to stand down, and now Putin isn’t even stealthy about it. He said openly today that if there’s going to be anything about chemical weapons, the United States has to openly say it will not use military force.