Obama readies Syria address amid shifting sands
September 10th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama readies Syria address amid shifting sands

Washington (CNN) - What the United States and its allies should do about Syria is taking shape as President Barack Obama prepares to give a prime-time address to the nation, a senior administration official involved in Syria policy said Tuesday.

Consultations are going on with France and others about how to move quickly - at the United Nations and otherwise - to test whether Russia and Syria are serious about a proposal for Damascus to have Syria hand its chemical arsenal over to international control, the official said.

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  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Obviously, when President O and Putin met last week, this was worked out and is a valid way to defuse the situation and stop the use of chemical weapons and if this is an example of "leading from behind", then count me in. It is called solving the problem with diplomacy, not by force.

    The GOP's blind hatred of President O, chooses to think him a fool. That is fine, he has proven he has broad shoulders and has an intellectual ability to grasp complex issues. He lives and functions in a world of grey, NOT the GOP's world of black and white, where solutions are "solved" by sound bites, hailed by mental midgets like "anchor babies" Cruz and Rubio, not to mention the "wisdom" of Aqua Buddha himself.

    Some of us like to refer to it as "reality" and it appears to be in short supply in the GOP echo chamber.

    Stay in that vacuum, and continue your blind hatred of the man, 'cuz it is also blinding you cons on the demise of your own party, so, keep up the good work!

    September 10, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Bomb the hell out in Syria and on Assad to show USA strength.

    September 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Cut USA immigration first....

    September 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Deb in MT

    Data Driven

    DM4O,

    "Here's another scenario Data: Obama, during that pre G-20 meeting, gave Russia an out."

    And THAT story has not been told yet, has it? I've read that Obama and Putin spoke privately for about 20 minutes during that meeting – you know that Syria was pretty much the only topic of discussion.

    Clearly, some arrangement was tentatively reached. Because Russia's behavior pre-G20 versus post-G20 has been almost diametrically opposed. From gathering warships, to chemical-weapons confiscation. I wonder if Obama said, "Hey Vladimir, take all the credit, if you must. Just tell your guy in Syria to knock it off. We'll throw in some extra wheat exports for you."
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    A Russian spokesman has admitted that this whole idea was discussed during the G20 between President Obama and Putin. Yep, an imminent hanging does focus the mind...

    September 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Joan

    It is no surprise that there were things going on behind the scenes that have had a huge impact on the whole chemical weapons debate. While the media was blowing everything out of proportion, wringing its hands and criticizing the President's handling of the issue, he and his team were weighing all options. While the media was spinning polls of about 1,000 people as if they were gospel, real discussions were going on. Pundits who have zero experience in real security negotiations play back seat driver and offer silly, naïve observations. After the whole Bin Laden mission, no-one should underestimate the decisions of this President. If he had not called Assad's bluff and threatened attacks, it is obvious that this chance at a peaceful resolution would NEVER have happened. Of course, his critics will never give him any credit for this as usual.

    September 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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