President Obama’s “Plan A” for a military strike on Syria could be in danger just one day before he makes his case to the American people as
Russia, the U.N. and some in Congress push for a newly emerging “Plan B.”
Gaining traction is a push to compel the Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons.
The idea caught fire unexpectedly on Monday after Secretary of State John Kerry made an off-hand comment that Syria could resolve the stand-off by relinquishing its chemical weapons within a week. Kerry claimed that Assad “isn’t about to do it” — and an aide suggested the secretary was not being serious.
But within hours, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.
Officials with the State Department and the White House have since said they’ll take a “hard look” at the Russians’ proposal.
So what is the story here?
a) The Russians and Obama Administration are negotiating in good faith to avoid the horror of war.
b) The Obama Administration begged the Russians for this escape hatch in exchange for some yet to be named concession to Putin.
c) Obama is paying lip service to the Russian offer but still plans to attack Syria.
d) None of the above.