So where does it leave us? As an insignificant entity whose leader abdicated our position as leader of the free world. Instead we are now bowing to the dictates of Russia whatever they may be.
Military action has been delayed which is what the President wanted even though he wasn't going to have much say in it anyway. However, it hasn't necessarily been avoided because we'll be jumping through the same hoops when Iran is ready to go nuke. With even less support than we have at present.
The worst part of it is Assad will go unpunished because Russia will protect him. That wasn't the President's intent either though I have yet to figure out why. Assad still has his chemical weapons. Removing them will take months if not years and who can trust Syria to give them all up? And who can guarantee he won't use them again while all the "negotiations" are going on?
So what has our bluster left in it's wake? A demoralized Free Syrian Army who most likely would have been the good guys at the beginning. Now there is so much al Qaeda infiltration into rebel ranks we haven't a clue who is a safe bet.
We have ancient, historic Christian communities being destroyed by these rebels and the citizens who refuse to embrace Islam being beheaded. Are chemical weapons worse?
We have Assad left unchecked to carry on with his civil war. That's an oxymoron isn't it? Civil War? Russia will keep him well armed and those caught in the cross fire will continue to die.
Meanwhile our people will meet with Russia's people and try to sort things out. To suit Russia and Syria and the U.N. will wait to see which way the wind blows before coming up with their own resolution.
Meanwhile, the country that should be dictating the terms for the surrender of WMDs, the U.S., is sitting, begging and rolling over to Putin's commands. Will he even throw us a bone? I doubt it.
Tony Blair was chastised for being Bush's poodle. What does that make Obama to Putin? Maybe a chihuahua? Well, at least he's got the ears for it.