September 5th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Showdown on Syria chemical weapons expected at G-20 summit in Russia

(CNN) – It's supposed to be a summit about the global economy, but the debate over possible military strikes for Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons will likely overshadow the G-20 conference this week.

The meeting in Russia will pit two leaders with polar opposite views on Syria - U.S. President Barack Obama, who wants to launch limited military strikes against the Syrian regime, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country stands by its longtime ally in the Middle East.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I doubt if there will be much to say between our President and Putin. Obama and Medvedev have a better relationship than Obama and Putin.

    September 5, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Data Driven

    At least they'll be talking about something real at the G20, instead of what they usually talk about at these thngs, which is finding new and ever better ways to steal money from working people.

    September 5, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Use of chemical weapons is an moral issue . UN needs the information that US has on the use of chemical weapons and let the UN handle this . How soon we forget that bad intel was given and the War in Iraq started, how sure are we of this intel? USA can not withstand another mistake, the American people won't let it. Obama states, "He will go it alone if the Congress states NO!". So I wonder why didn't he do that in the first place, I, as an American taxpayer, lack the confidence need in this administration and many of my fellow American feel the same.

    September 5, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Syria is really a Russian problem. After all, Syria is their ally and satellite nation. Is Putin giong to condone or condemn the use of chemical weapons or not? It doesn't matter who actually used them. Russia blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned their use without assigning blame, nor accusing anyone of using them. Yes, let's pressure Putin.

    September 5, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    jpmichigan

    How soon we forget that bad intel was given and the War in Iraq started...

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    Not so much "bad intel" as cherrypicking the intel and creating wild scenarios to fill in the blanks in order to achieve the narrative that they wanted.

    September 5, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan wrote:

    .... Obama states, "He will go it alone if the Congress states NO!". So I wonder why didn't he do that in the first place, I, as an American taxpayer, lack the confidence need in this administration and many of my fellow American feel the same. ...
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    Really? Pres. Obama actually said that. I must have missed it. I know that he said that he doesn't need a pre-authorization from the Congress, which is not at all the same as saying he's willing to go at it alone if Congress states "No."

    September 5, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. just saying

    i am sure putin is really looking forward to another occassion to slap obama down in public and make him look even weaker. i guess obama is just going to have to be even more flexible in his second term so he can please his russian friends. let's face it... putin has played obama like a fiddle and humiliated and used him at every turn. but i'm sure our leader from behind still thinks putin likes him and if he just sits down and talks to him more, putin will see the wisdumb obama believes only he possesses.

    September 5, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Marie MD

    @just saying, I take it that you are privy to top secret information.
    I personally that we should do absolutely nothing. Let other Arab countries, China and Russia take care of Syria.
    Genocide in other countries haven't been met with strikes and have been allowed for decades.
    Regardless of what we do the terrorists and Arab countries will still hate us. What's the point in Syria.

    September 5, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Thomas

    Its a Russian example of life .

    September 5, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    the other arab countries isn't going to worry about Syria. Why ? because they think & depend on the U.S. to do everything. Why don't Jordan / Turkey / Lebanon / Isreal & a whole host of other countries that is close & surrounds Syria – take care of Syria. Why should we stick our noses where we don't belong, and if we do try to help, they hate us. Doesn't make any sense to me. Anyway, those refugees & everybody else that currently lives in Syria should go into Jordan & Turkey & other neighboring countries, unless they want to get gassed.

    September 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. truth hurts but realiy bites

    The truth of the matter is that the world's only super power should NEVER act when they know the outcome will have ZERO affect. Assad will emerge and announce he has survived this pathetically weak attack and spit in Obama's face. You think Obama look's weak NOW?! What then? Will all the lefties in here get their panties in a twist and want to go further to show them we really really mean business?

    What did the cruise missiles that Bill Clinton launch against AQ get us? Confirmation we didn't take them seriously, a small slap on the backside. It got us 9/11. People, we have seen this farce played out before. Did we learn nothing?!!

    September 5, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Marie MD

    @just saying, I take it that you are privy to top secret information.
    I personally that we should do absolutely nothing. Let other Arab countries, China and Russia take care of Syria.
    Genocide in other countries haven't been met with strikes and have been allowed for decades.
    Regardless of what we do the terrorists and Arab countries will still hate us. What's the point in Syria.
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    For (I believe) the first time, I find myself in agreement with you, Marie.

    September 5, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Hammerer

    How many American soldier's lives is Obama willing to sacrifice to cover his blunder.
    The blood off every soldier that dies because of this action will be on the hands of Obama and congress if they choose to support his scheme.

    September 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    That was a awkward handshake between both Presidents. Good to see that they can still communicate among each other.

    September 5, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Hammerer

    How many American soldier's lives is Obama willing to sacrifice to cover his blunder. The blood off every soldier that dies because of this action will be on the hands of Obama and congress if they choose to support his scheme.
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    Blunder? Pray tell us. Exactly what blunder might that be? Look before you leap, now. Don't forget that the right has been urging military intervention in Syria, and a regime change, since the uprising in Syria began.

    September 5, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    It is not a sign of weakness to understand that there are no good options for the US. We don't trust the rebels and we don't want Assad. War effects the global economy so the Summit is an appropriate venue for countries to decide if international law regarding the use of chemical weapons will be up held. Sanctions against Russia would be a good place to start.

    September 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. tom l

    Can we all say it in unison: I was for the red line before I was against it.

    September 5, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    If a regional war breaks out because of Syria, then you can expect the price of a barrel of oil to at least double, or even triple.

    September 5, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |