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Syria chemical weapons deal seems to be unraveling

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Some of us predicted that the chemical weapons deal with Syria would be unenforceable. Here's evidence from David Blair of the Telegraph that those predictions are turning out to be accurate. “Under the agreed timetable, all of the most dangerous ‘'priority 1' chemicals should have been shipped out of the country by December 31 last year,” he writes. “In fact, barely 11 percent -- or 77 tons out of 700 -- has actually been removed.”

Furthermore, he writes that breaking down the chemicals and diluting them with seawater will take between 60 and 90 days, “assuming calm seas in the eastern Mediterranean.” (Look for the administration to say that “climate change” wreaked havoc with calm seas. After all, “climate change” can produce heat waves and polar vortexes, floods and drought, as the president has told us. There's nothing it can't do.)

Blair goes on: “It follows that Syria’s entire stockpile of chemicals would have to be removed from the port of Latakia and transferred to Cape Ray by April 30 at the very latest if the June 30 deadline is to have the slightest chance of being met."

April 30 is 71 days away.

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