September 6th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Obama: U.N. paralyzed on Syria strike

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, said they held "constructive" talks Friday on the deeply divisive issue of Syria on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Russia.

The two leaders hold opposing views over whether military action should be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Obama also said that because of Security Council "paralysis" on the issue, countries should be willing to act without the council's authorization.

"If we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action."


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  1. saywhat

    We havn't yet gone into Syria , Bush-Cheney criminal follies are of historic proportions.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    You did right@banasy
    getting to Congress is what is needed.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I certainly hope the voices that are objecting are heard, saywhat. And that Congress, for once, hears us. McCain is already rejecting a limited scope and wants full-out war.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    @sad: Right On... I find it hard to believe we are dealing with CNNs finest here. And I am shocked that This Just In failed to report on the heat the President was under to forget the people of Syria to discuss the invention and introduction of the New World bank. No doubt the Russians are in a hurry to put their damage behind them siting the price of gasoline as their priority... Perhaps challenging the principals of some who place their faith in such rhetoric. At this point it is Russia who is giving lip service to Europe thru false hope and an easy fix to their economies. Your opinion...

    September 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    McCain was caught playing poker on his iphone during Syria hearing. These are the kind of people entrusted with our future@banasy.
    Yes our voices have to get thru to their foggy brains.

    September 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm surprised he hasn't downloaded the War App yet.

      September 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Permit me respectfully to remind you@Hope its never about the people,its politics in its oldest and most trusted mode.
    Pr.Obama was reluctant from the beginning to get militarily involved in Syria, apparently he wilted under constant pressure from Israel &S.Arabia and of course his self imposed 'red line' commitment.

    September 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. maalik

    I want Americans to back up there president and stop blaming him. We are making ourselves look bad globally. Never have we as a nation been so openly against our commander and chief . Syria is not our problem. Go after the 9/11 type terrorist activity. We can handle Syria in 1 day , the world should be afraid. America home of the brave.

    September 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The UN isn't good for much, but if we abolished it, we'd lose two things: UNESCO greeting cards, and Manhattan traffic jams near the nice UN building.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Yep: top of the morning and I hear the faint cry from the people who care more about politics than they do themselves. Again I stand in agreement with Joey and must say I slept well after peeking in lastnight reminded so eloquently about what it means to be brave... Thank You.

    September 7, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It is always easy to volunteer others and condemn them to die. There's no bravery in that.

      September 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Abolish veto power on Security Council, expand it to include all regions. let the General Assembly be the forum to decide on international issues.let the UN be democratic and then it might serve its charter.

    September 7, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    As i reported last morning (Jerusalem Post) besides AIPAC, Defense contractors are gearing up to lobby Congress on Syrian strike beginning next week.
    Well both stand to profit enormously from a US strike on Syria.

    September 7, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hope

    @baaahnasy: I cant believe you actually believe Assad and his army of slaves has a chance of sustaining any kind of real war against us. With their familes living at bey they are sure to run TO us in lieu of fighting much like in Desert Storm. Anyone who is able to get out of Syria should be doing so as it is the wise thing to do.

    September 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This is the downside of living in an intellectual ghetto — you come to believe your views are universal and all evidence to the contrary is wrong.

      September 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And the name is banasy. I'm surprised that you couldn't "see" that. Perhaps you should get your second sight checked. It may need a reading glass.

      September 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    And... It doesnt take a psychic hotline to figure that one out. Just good old common sense @ chrissy.

    September 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    WHAT is your problem @ Hope? This is my first post on this thread!

    September 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Ah i got it. You are no more Hope than i am because the REAL Hope isn't rude to people!

    September 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      She has been rude to me, repeatedly, in the past. She has been rude to saywhat, also. Alas, this is Hope.

      September 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hope

    This is my non Mary personality. Isn't it great?

    September 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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