"The complex and lengthy process of removing Syria's chemical weapons bought time for the regime. The U.S. acquiesced, in a quid-pro-quo that could be interpreted as exchanging the elimination of Syria's chemical-weapons capability for keeping Assad in power. Indeed, there are indications that in the wake of the deal, Russia has stepped up its weapons deliveries to Syria," Aaron David Miller writes for Bloomberg.
"Only 61 percent of the money earmarked for refugees outside of Syria has been collected, while 36 percent of the aid for Syrians inside the country has been collected, according to United Nations figures. China, the world's second-biggest economy after the United States, has donated a miserable $1 million, while Russia, awash in oil and gas profits, has given $10.3 million," the New York Times writes in an editorial.
"After the Assad regime's chemical massacre and President Obama's backtracking on his declared red lines, Washington is eager to avoid future situations that could lead to calls for its direct involvement. It hopes to internationalize diplomatic efforts and lock everyone into unlimited rounds of talks, while paying lip service to the need for transition," Rime Allaf writes in the Guardian.
Voters will head to the polls in the United States to cast ballots for two governors, several mayors, and some local issues on Tuesday, but insights into the nation's main national debates, health care and government spending, won't be gleaned from these elections (AP).