“Reports out of Syria are that Damascus has given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal. The Assad regime will miss next week’s deadline for sending their toxic weapons abroad for destruction. It seems to me that relying on the word of a ruthless dictator who murders his own was not a sound policy decision. Assad is stalling for time, according to senior Western diplomats, and we’ve allowed him to by leaving it up to him and his cronies to collect and hand over their arsenal. This entire process is now 6-8 weeks behind schedule. This is unacceptable. It’s past time that the U.S. and international community start coming up with a plan B in the likely event that the Assad government continues to stall and test our resolve.”

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