Measuring compliance is likely going to be incredibly difficult unless Russia just says they're complying even if they're not.
If you trust Putin and the Syrians. I sure as hell don't trust either of them.
Then it's very fortunate that Russia will not be in charge of the disarmament. That responsibility is slated for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international body formed out of all the countries which have signed and ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. It employs inspectors from all over the world, including the United States, and you can find a rundown of its current Executive Council here.
Will this plan work? I have no earthly idea, but since everyone involved seems to be on board and it's the best solution I can possibly imagine,
I think we should give it a shot.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. I'm sorry. brettmcd, you were about to give your first reason on why this current course of action is such an outrageous "failure of leadership"?