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September 28, 2013

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“But there’s no guarantee Syria will actually surrender all of its poison gasses,” I said.

“And there’s no guarantee the UN Security Council would use military force to make that happen no matter what the writing on the agreement says, but it’s enough to make Putin Number One there and on the world’s stage,” Freddy said.

“But doesn’t it diminish Obama’s presidency?” I asked.

“Depends on the eyes of the beholders,” Freddy said.

“Spinners are at work everywhere. Putin can take his bows for something he had to do to protect Russia’s interest. He had to react to Obama’s threat because Syria’s big-time importance to Russia, and it puts him on the world stage as a peacemaker.”

“But it diminishes Obama,” I said.

“No real scars,” Freddy said.

“And who knows? Maybe it really was Obama’s strategy to force Putin to do what he did all along.”

“That’s a stretch,” I said.

“But it’s politically comforting and I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t come up somewhere down the line because time’s running out on this presidency,” Freddy said.

Bill Plante is a staff columnist.

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