US Senate Delays Key Syria Vote
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has surprisingly delayed the crucial vote on military intervention in Syria.
Democrat Reid, a close ally of the President, first said the vote would be held on Wednesday, but later announced it will be postponed to give Barack Obama more time and the opportunity to present his arguments.
Meanwhile, Obama stated he will put plans for a US military strike against Syria on hold if the country agrees to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international control.
The BBC reminds that although US officials subsequently said Kerry had made a "rhetorical argument" rather than a serious officer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later informed he presented the proposal during talks with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem.
Muallem told reporters through an interpreter that Syria welcomed the initiative, and he praised Russia for "attempting to prevent American aggression against our people."
On Monday, Obama gave a series of television interviews aimed at building support among a US Congress and public wary of new military action in the Middle East.
Support in Congress for a measure authorizing attacks on Syria has remained relatively low, with more than 230 of the 433 members in the House of Representatives reportedly either opposed to or likely to oppose strikes as of Friday.
In addition, opinion polls suggest Americans remain wary of a strike against Syria, with only one in five believing that a failure to respond to chemical weapons attacks there would encourage other rulers to do the same.
The US accuses President Bashar al-Assad's forces of killing 1 429 people in a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21.
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Surprising how the tail can sometimes wag the dog isn't it? The fact that France wont move without the US and the US along with the Whitehouse is now back peddling all comes about after the UK ruled out military action. So, despite its now "small insignificant island" position (as some Russian politician is reported to have said) it still has a big say in what goes on and its voice can still be a powerful one.
We hear that Russia has now come up with a viable suggestion to solve the impasse, congratulations to them and we all hope that their idea works out in practice.