Bashar al Assad and Putin have played a clever game with the Chicago street troika of Obama, Jarrett and Rice. He is giving up old rusty canisters of chemicals he could never use. He is intelligent enough to know that these chemical weapons will come in handy one day as “bargaining chips” when he needed them. And, now is the time.
The CIA sponsored rebels are being whipped out by the valiant troops of Syria and the only hope of survival they had was to draw the US in militarily. They almost got away with it. Old drooling John McCain was ready for full scale invasion and the Pentagon generals were hot to trot. Clever al Assad noted that the Chicago street troika was confused and looked for a way out of the war. So, the clever Russians and Syrians sprung their chemical weapons trap door and the troika fell into it.
h/t The Guardian