US, Russia call on Syria to put chemical weapons under international control; Syria agrees

from Daily Kos this morning:

Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control: Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem
— @Reuters

read more from US and Russia on Syria's chemical weapons here.

UPDATE: more from NBC News and MSNBC now on Syria. H. Clinton to do interview. More at 5pm on MSNBC

ALERT: Hillary Clinton makes first public comments on Syria at 1pET. WATCH LIVE: http://nbcnews.to/15M1y70 More on #edshow at 5pET on @msnbc!

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Assad warns of repercussions for a US strike

Kerry said during a news conference in London that if Assad wanted to defuse the crisis, "he could turn every single bit of his chemical weapons over to the international community" within a week. But he said that Assad "isn't about to do it."

But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem quickly agreed, at the urging of Syrian ally Russia.

"Syria welcomes the Russian proposal out of concern for the lives of the Syrian people, the security of our country and because it believes in the wisdom of the Russian leadership that seeks to avert American aggression against our people," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on a visit to Moscow, where he held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov took Kerry's proposal to al-Moallem.

from WRAL.com

Martha Brock

Public Policy Polling on Syria support in NC

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There's only 29% support for US military action in Syria among North Carolinians who *approve* of Obama overall. 45% opposed

Martha Brock

Cluster F##K By Kerry & Obama Again!

Paraphasing Kerry! " I was just kidding about the deal of the Century"

Don't blame me! I voted for Putin..

Charlie Rose interview with Assad

on PBS tonight (UNC-TV)

Charlie Rose Show ‏@CharlieRoseShow

Monday night at 9pm on PBS - the global tv exclusive where @charlierose interviews President Bashar Al #Assad.#Syria pic.twitter.com/SngiQR0Qiy

Martha Brock

CNN poll: 7 in 10 say Syria strike is not in national interest

The CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday shows that even though eight in 10 Americans believe that Bashar al-Assad's regime gassed its own people, a strong majority doesn't want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against it.

More than seven in 10 say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the United States and a similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the country to get involved in Syria's civil war.

See complete poll results (PDF)

The poll comes at the start of a pivotal week for the president.

The Senate is expected to take up the resolution after returning from its summer recess on Monday while Obama participates in a round of interviews with the major television outlets. Wolf Blitzer's interview with Obama will air Monday on "The Situation Room" at 6 p.m. ET.

Martha Brock

From a friend of mine in Syria.

Actually, he lived in Syria for many years and is now exiled in Lebanon:
"finally a plan for Syria: chemical weapons which did not exist according to the regime but which would certainly never be used against its own citizens, would now be handed over to it's-not-clear-yet-whom. Don't ever tell me again that international diplomacy does not work."

Assad will never give up all of his chemical weapons

They are his counter to the "threat" of a nuclear Israel and let him feel like a player in the region. He might hand over 50%-70%, but since Syria has some of the largest chemical weapon stockpiles in the world the impact on his ability to slaughter thousands of men, women and children again will be trivial.

I wish Kerry had kept his mouth shut.

Obama speech fails to sway some in war-weary Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Observer today:

Obama speech fails to sway some in war-weary Fayetteville: http://po.st/7hGzIW

Frank Ferritto, a 52-year-old physician's assistant, said he thought the president's speech was full of contradictions. He questioned why the U.S. hasn't acted before now, considering that more than 100,000 have died in a civil war in the past two years. Why now, he asked, when it only seems "a threshold was crossed because of certain chemical weapons used."

Ferritto opposes a unilateral strike by the U.S.

"This administration is completely all over the place," said Ferritto, who as a member of the Coast Guard was part of the White House medical unit until 2005. "It's very clear politically to delay the vote (in Congress) because they did not have the vote."

Actually this is not just Fayetteville. Chuck Todd of NBC News said Obama prepared 2/3 of his speech before the late event involving Syria giving up chemical weapons. The President did not seem to put much credence into this development, but many observers do. Including me.

Martha Brock

Obama Surrenders and Seeks Terms

Nothing like a Fool who still thinks he won with the Military Industrial Complex and the 1% Wall Street Bankers backing him..