We do not know whether U.S Secretary of State John Kerry is a man given to committing gaffes, but if his off the cuff? remark that the United States would stay the planned strike against Syria if the latter would hand their chemical arsenals over to international supervision was a ploy to allow his boss Obama to wriggle out of the uncomfortable position of being unable to get everyone abroad on his threat, I am not surprised, given my poor impression of US Democratic Presidencies.
My image of a US Democratic president, unfortunately, is that of a timid President Carter and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Khomaniac (the man The Mad Guru Who Loved Books called Khomeini)
America lost the opportunity early on to determine the direction the Syrian opposition to the Assad regime could take by its reluctance to get involved.
Now, two years on, the opposition fighting the Assad regime is mixed bag of nationalists? and jihadists of the al Qaeda kind and god knows who else. It is not a picture to inspire hope for a stable Syria after the Assad regime is gone.
John Kerry's "gaffe' has given Russia just the weapon the latter need to continue business as usual with their client: just look how eagerly they are championing Kerry's "gaffe" You have never seen such alacrity from the Russians!
But America must surely know that a rogue regime is not given to playing by international rules.
It is not going to require a long stretch of the imagination to postulate that the Assad regime is going to play along to buy time to perpetuate its life by giving the US and the world the go around and hoping that everyone would get tired at the end of the day (isn't everyone already, about doing anything at all about the Syrian situation?)
It seems that America is going to be led by the nose again - this time of their own making - just as they have been by North Korea.
You don't get anything done by wishy-washy "red lines" that you don't intend to do anything about, really! - or are too afraid or indecisive to want to do anything about, in the first place.