John Kerry learned the hard way that you should not play chess with the Russians. Early this morning, The Associated Press reported that Syria’s Foreign Minister has said his country has accepted a Russian proposal to relinquish control of its chemical arms stores. Well what do you know? The United States Government, which would just as soon pass up a good war as Phillip Morris would advise people not to smoke cigarettes, seems to have boxed itself into a corner here. The diplomatic opening seems to have come from a slip of the tongue from Secretary of Sate John Kerry, who David Swanson rightfully points out couldn’t sell a used car.