Monday morning, Barack Obama, the man who won the White House on a strong anti-war platform, was reeling to gain support for his proposed attack on Syria. What a difference a day makes. By the time the president addresses the nation tonight, a military strike could be completely off the table.
It was a pointed, albeit simple, question from CBS reporter Margaret Brennan that may have saved the President of the United States from a political disaster. More importantly, Ms. Brennan’s inquiry may have saved the cities and lives of innocent Syrians caught in the middle of an already brutal civil war.
In London yesterday, Brennan asked Secretary of State John Kerry, “is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack?”
Kerry responded, “Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done, obviously.”
Seizing an opportunity, Russia immediately responded to Kerry’s, shall we say, suggestion. The Prime Minister of Russia proposed that Russia, Syria’s strongest ally, would indeed support the confiscation and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.
This potential change in course leads to many new questions, but there are a few things that appear to be near certainties now regarding the international drama. Continue reading