Skip to comments.Obama makes push on Syria, to examine Russian proposal on chemical weapons
Posted on 09/09/2013 2:04:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday turned up the pressure on a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military action in Syria but said it would closely examine a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
U.S. President Barack Obama planned six television interviews on Monday, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to make his case to lawmakers before making a televised address from the White House in the evening.
Obama's public offensive on Syria, which also included a speech by his national security adviser Susan Rice, came as he faced an uphill struggle to win approval for military action from Congress, where a majority still appeared undecided.
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem welcomed the Russian proposal to avert U.S. strikes by putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control and quickly dismantling them.
Obama's deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said the White House would take a hard look at the proposal but said Congress should still approve U.S. military action.
"It's important to note that this proposal comes in the context of the threat of U.S. action and the pressure that the president is exerting," Blinken told reporters at the White House.
The Russian proposal came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had said in London that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a military strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, but quickly made clear he had no faith that Assad would do so.
State Department officials said Kerry had spoken by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the proposal on Monday.
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What a pathetic bunch.
“It’s important to note that this proposal comes in the context of the threat of U.S. action and the pressure that the president is exerting,”
Odd, that’s what Hillary! said...
When I think of this clique running our foreign policy
I want to throw up.
Syria policy is a mess.
Whose fault is that?
0bama backed himself into this stupid corner.
0bamas humiliation, despair and political defeat must serve as an example so that no president ever so stupidly puts our credibility on the line.
No bombing for Al Qaeda!
I agree that they are the most pathetic bunch that ever inhabited the offices of our Government - which is saying a lot - but I don't even care about original ideas. Give me average intelligence with an ounce of common sense and a love for their Country and God.
We are led by God hating idiots.