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. saywhat

    Breaking News from Jerusalem Post " Pro-Israel groups in US scramble to save Syria strike resolution" Michel Wilner.
    Can't we the public scramble to stop this nonsense?

    September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    "German intercepts: Assad rejected requests to use chemical weapons" German newspapers.

    September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Russian proposal should be taken up in earnest. An opportunity to retain whatever credibility we have left instead of trying to stick to the face the world saw during pre-Iraq days.

    September 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      My "thirst for blood" ? Really banasy. I really don't care if you are on your rag or not. Meanwhile it's like you have forgotten who the war drum beater was just yesterday. Duh! Man folks are thick headed as all get out

      September 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Reply button function still escape you, pig?

      September 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And no, I haven't forgotten, pig. Obama's threat was taken seriously, and Russia backed down. But of course, you would see that as a negative.

      September 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Well spoken my friend@bobcat.
    News that are coming out now seriously discredit whatever was being fabricated to initiate yet another proxy war.

    September 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    It should be eminently clear to all now that if yet it happens it will be a proxy war. nothing to do with use of chemical weapons or American geopolitical, economic interests.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    again blocked.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Russia has signed the treaty for the removal of its chemical weapons, in the early 90s. just consider how long the process is taking, and also consider how efficient was the process of removing the chemical weapons as of today.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Also consider how difficult it is to define what is a chemical weapon.And how much money and effort must be put into an effective destruction of those stockpiles and factories. What could happen in all that time frame in Syria and in the world?

    September 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Tuesday statement that international experts as well as Syrian public and religious leaders presented their evidence to the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 9.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    It also said evidence provided by numerous witnesses confirms that militants fighting against the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of western Ghouta last month.

    September 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I suspected this all along. I wonder if it can be confirmed, rather than the he said/she said kind of scenario we keep getting treated to?

      September 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    "The White House echoed the UK statement, saying it wanted to verify that Syria was serious in its intentions." "However, the US and France said they would not rule out any possible reaction to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Interfax cited the Elysee Palace as saying in a statement." Cont.

    September 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    In other words, no matter what the truth or the case is, the US has the intention to launch a war of aggression on Syria and it is this "right" of aggression, which the US cannot renounce no matter what. Now, it is for the whole world to see without any screens, smoke, or blinders. Cont

    September 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Nothing has been passed, and this is your opinion. A strike by the US hasn't happened yet and may not. I hope not! We don't need to go to the ME, we need to get OUT!

      September 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Russian President Vladimir Putin: Chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against the Syrian people. "Certainly, this is all reasonable, it will function and will work out, only if the US and those who support it on this issue pledge to renounce the use of force, because it is difficult to make any country – Syria or any other country in the world – to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration," President Putin said on Tuesday

    September 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    i'm still blocked can't respond.

    September 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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