September 9th, 2013
07:05 PM ET

Obama: 'Breakthrough' is possible on Syria

Washington (CNN) - Russia's proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control was a "potentially positive development," but could be a stall tactic, President Barack Obama told CNN on Monday.

"We're going to run this to ground," Obama said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding that the United States will work with Syrian ally Russia and the international community "to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious."

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    don't fall for it! assad is without remorse...he has threaten to biological warfare on anyone holding him accountable for his crimes against humanity...including nato...he is another hitler entrenched on his ant mound...let him hezbollah, muslinbrotherhood, al-qaeda and taliban know the nato and united nations will not be daunted!

    September 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    This is good news. It let's us be able to stand down, and after all his big talk, it gives Assad a way out without completely losing face. I look at this as a blow to the al Qeada forces so prominent in the opposition. This way if it was them that did this, they will now have to try a more honest approach to garnering public support. After the atrocities commited by the rebels as well. as the regime. the rebels now won't be able to use this as an excuse for international intervention.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Now that we may be able to drop our alert level again, there will be a lot of people talking about how our POTUS is weak.
      In my eyes, it takes a lot stronger person to be able to bring down the boil, even if it's only down to a simmer. Too many people mistake a willingness not to resort to violence with weakness. I look at it as a person showing a willingness to hope for peace.

      September 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I see it that way, too. This man is no dummy, no matter what his naysayers moan about.

      September 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, you feel pretty strong about this huh? I don't think Obama will be fooled at all by assad, but no matter which way he goes on this there are bound to be a lot of people upset with whatever decision he makes.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Agreed @ bobcat! Lets hope this turns out beneficial to all parties involved AND avert a war which benefits NO one.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    first we don't want long term involvement in this matter...so we don't need to babysit his cache or designate a country to babysit his cache...just destroy it and be done with it...Assad made his mistake by losing pokerface over it's destruction...Putin losses his by making a counteroffer on Assad behalf...they are in a bed of armory together...destroy the cache...let us see how happy Assad will be replacing everything with Russia quadrupling prices...it's a win-win for Russia regardless of what happens to Assad's cache...so make Russia a non issue and focus on the problem...Assad will still be in charged with a knocked over amt mound...

    September 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    if the republicans were in office they would have been all over Assad like beans over rice with haliburton tellin' him sorry dude this ant pile gottahgo!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    @chrissy we gonna strike...wall street dow and nasdag just went up...baby! business world betting on war...

    September 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If Obama takes us into war now...HE WILL BE IMPEACHED!!!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure. Have it on the anniversary of Bush's impeachment.
      Oh, wait....
      C'mon, both wars are based on the same thing: weapons of mass deception.

      September 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      only this time it is not a LIE!

      September 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      united nation confirmed sarin!

      September 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      oh pleeze jif...you supported zimmermann...your judgement need some twerking...lol

      September 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      First of all, I'm not JIF.
      And my judgement is fine.
      Secondly, all that's been confirmed is that Sarin was used, not who actually used it. I'm awaiting the results of that. If you have proof from the UN, link it.

      September 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    RR the question is who blew out that sarin on Syrian citizens. Why does the US feel that we have to go there and police them. The rebels are Al Queda affiliated. Who are they being funded by?

    September 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      this has nothing to do with pride or us military image...there an entrenchment of evil...it is not limited to that region...how long will sit back and permit this element to expand...reach out attack other areas in the world...northern african is being groom for a launching pad....just destroy his weapons...russia delivers goods so they know where syria's stashes....are!

      September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    y'all are lucky I ain't president...I would strike syria and immediately retire with tauting werds accompanied by one infamous grab...impeach this!

    September 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Third time lucky: House, yes; Senate, no; no trial.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    I don't see what the big deal is. I wrapped my sandwiches with sarin this morning.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bashar al Assad

    First I lull you into a false sense of security. Then I strike when you least expect. Mwahahahahaha.

    Oh wait. Was that out loud?

    September 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lmao @ Rascals 9:01 and 9:12 posts. Too funny.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    The one remaining thing that troubles me is IF they take out Assad WHO will they put in his place. We already know that the rebels includes Al Queada so in all good conscious how can we continue to support them? And we have been supporting them financially for quite some time, unbeknown to the american people.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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