September 12th, 2013
04:17 AM ET

Syria civil war: 5 things to watch today

The United States isn't leaving anything to chance.

While it pursues a diplomatic solution to the Syria crisis by sending U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Thursday, it has also started arming the rebels. The rebels, though, say the arms have yet to reach them.

Meanwhile, a Vladimir Putin-penned editorial in the New York Times has at least one White House official saying it's an indication the Russian President is "now fully invested in Syria's chemical disarmament." And a U.N. report says that both sides - the regime and the rebels - have committed war crimes in the bloody two-year-long civil war in Syria.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    oh pleeze not impressed with putin...he is just as guilty as assad...any input from this guy is like selecting a felon to serve on a jury...putin fails to realize the rogues he sells his arms to view him as an infidel...

    September 12, 2013 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      But he surely put a stop to obamas war push didn't he? You should be thanking Putin unless you agree with lobbing a few bombs into Syria and at what cost? Rest assured, I don't like the guy either but he did put a stop in the war games being played out by king obomba. Period.

      September 12, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Putin's country is in no way as good as the USA. The best Russian pianists fled in the early 1900s, and every time the Bolshoi boys teach somebody to dance, that guy runs away.
    Putin himself is stuck in a time warp centuries ago. The Czar was great, but they killed him. Hopeless, cold, bleak wasteland.

    September 12, 2013 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    No leader including Obama has clean hands RR. Here is some of what Putin had to say if you didn't read his message.

    September 12, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Putin excerpt "The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. "

    September 12, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Putin wasn't the one to have is pants pulled down around his ankles for the whole world to see @ Joey. Obama is the only Prez in history to have killed more people than al other previous presidents put together . Stop playing the patriot and start looking at the real picture

    September 12, 2013 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Link it, Mary. Did you forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or don't they count because the people were yellow?

      September 12, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Damn Damascus. The best part of the city is very old: it would be easy to destroy. After Putin's egalitarian rant, I'd like to see a show of USA military superiority–but I won't. We're too busy dismantling our nuclear stockpile.
    Now, who was it that said, "we'll bury you?"

    September 12, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    And as a final point " And a U.N. report says that both sides – the regime and the rebels – have committed war crimes in the bloody two-year-long civil war in Syria." Really UN , what does one expect anyone to do when the US arms terrorists ?

    September 12, 2013 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    I just watched Republican Jim Imhofe with no answers and no brains in his head speak. We have a plether of jack-bums in the congress. They need to go. In their hatred for President Obama, they give the President no aid in fighting this monstosity called Putin from taking out an ad in a national newspaper and printing his B.S. If chemical weapons fall in the hands of al qaeda they will surely try to use it on Americans. I think President Obamas speech was as clear as he could be considering congress gives him no recourse or leverage and stripped any kind of military action. (Hence Putin's smurking thru his diatribe in the NYT)When Putin seen that Obama was serious only then did he get involved. Syria's Asshead is a liar, why should we expect any less of Putin. President Obama now has to pretend to think Putin is "sincere" in his quest for peace. If more chemical are used or all this goes south this will rest only on the congresses shoulders because they chose vacation over country. And now they sit in washington without any clue or brains.

    September 12, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Congress, and more than a few posters here, suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome.
      We need to vote them out.
      And by "we", I mean the ones who actually vote, instead of feeling they have a right to spew lies without lifting a finger to affect change. THOSE people are truly useless.

      September 12, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    United States Now Divided States. Putin knows this and will spew his propaganda.

    September 12, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Without Putin butting in to guide us i sure hope we Americans have learned our lesson from Iraq,Afghanistan, Libya and such.
    We can think things thru for ourselves can't we? And the " jack-bums'(thanks @Scottish mama) ruling the Hill be ........

    September 12, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    This is most certainly not the time to prove our military superiority folks that would only be acting like a' monkey with a grenade' if i'm allowed a bit of crude.
    This is the time to prove that yes our leadership has the capability to think also (yep ,my fingers are crossed).

    September 12, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Saywhat- if monkey with grenade is crude what is jack-bum? lol You must think I am a sailor. lol

      September 12, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    U.S.; Russia; Syria – A real taxpayer sponsored "menage-a-trois".
    Five things to look for today.
    1. Nothing will result in Geneva
    2. Putin wants $60, 000 airtime on American TV, to appeal to the feely, touchy ruling class.
    3. Domestic crime continues on the rise as the 2nd amendment diminishes.
    4. Syria wasn't even offered "Affordable Health Care", as Syrians picket next at the Whitehouse.
    5. If America continues to do what it always has, you'll always get what you always got.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    According to F.Michel Maloof reporting in WND " US military confirms rebels had sarin".
    Now where did that come from? And why are we keeping mum about it?

    September 12, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      But did they have missles to launch them? Or is that point just moot? Meaning could they have let the sarin loose on the men, women, and children, then when Asshead bombed them it looked like missles were attached? Jeesh. Yikes!

      September 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    And on the chemical weapons in M.East issue. "Syria must be rid of chemical weapons" Netanyahu.
    "Israel will not ratify Chemical Weapons Treaty".
    Well we know you have them in various facilities in Dimona Secret Storage in nejev desert and other locations.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      You have no clue what the word "trust" means.

      September 12, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Jeff do you trust President Obama?

      September 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    The need is to get all these M.East countries to give up WMDS & related programs and only then can the world enforce a protocol.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How do we now attain that?

      September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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