THE NEW YORK TIMES

BILL KELLER

I sincerely hope Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, calculating showman (and now my fellow Op-ed writer), wants to play peacemaker in Syria. I’m skeptical of his intentions, as I wrote last week, and my skepticism was compounded when Putin began imposing preconditions for the surrender of Syria’s poison gas, starting with an American vow not to back up diplomacy with the threat of force. I look forward to being proved wrong.

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