The Syria weapons talks are constructive as a deal has been reached between the United States and Russia. The U.S. and Russia reach a deal to secure Syria’s WMDs with a framework that has been negotiated for the eventual securing and destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to a process concerning the stockpile of WMDs held by Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations Security Council will most likely accept the plan without hesitation. The big winners are Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad as Putin can now claim to be the man of peace and Assad can remain in power. The big loser, of course, is Barack Obama, whose bumbling and incompetency has diminished America′s standing in the world after nearly starting another war.

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The other big losers are the Syrian rebels who had hoped to exploit a U.S. strike against the Assad regime for their own purposes of toppling his government. At nearly the same moment as the peace talks began in Geneva, Assad′s forces began launching airstrikes against rebel positions, pounding them relentlessly. This as the C.I.A. has finally begun to deliver small arms and other material support to the rebels. Too little, too late? We shall see.

The main points of the deal reached are as follows: The U.S. and Russia will work together on securing Assad′s chemical weapons. Assad will have one week to present an inventory of the types of WMDs he has and their location. By November, a team of international inspectors will verify the inventory and have full access to sites listed. Finally, all of Assad′s chemical weapons are to be removed and destroyed by the summer of 2014. The Assad government has not yet officially accepted the deal framework, but given that Russia is their primary source for military aid, it seems unlikely that Assad will refuse.

So the Syrian weapons talks were constructive after all. The deal reached between the United States and Russia appears to have a good chance for succeeding. While Barack Obama and John Kerry will claim a victory, the real winners here are Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov and, of course, Bashar al-Assad. Assad can afford the relinquish his stockpile of chemical weapons, freeing him to defeat the Syrian rebels without the threat of a U.S. strike against Syria.