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World's Oldest Constitutional Democracy Saved from Committing Self Inflected Wound on Itself by Ex KGB Head Putin

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President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week at Economic Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia




Well leave it to Russian President Vladimir Putin to come up with a plan to diffuse the crisis and temper the bloodlust for a U.S. strike on Syria.

The idea, apparently floated by Putin to President Obama when they met in an informal sideline discussion at the G20 economic conference last week in St. Petersburg, Russia was for Syrian President Bashar Assad to turn over his chemical weapons stock to the U.N.

And yesterday, in an early morning news conference in London (in a supposedly unscripted remark) Secretary of State John Kerry when asked if anything could forestall an American attack on Syria, he replied, "He (Assad) could surrender his chemical weapons to the international community".

Surprisingly, only because of his recent uncompromising stance and perceived lust for an attack, Kerry's supposed "gaffe" caught fire immediately   and became instant news prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to delay indefinitely a Senate vote on an "authorization to use force" in Syria and last night on Fox News no less, Obama said, "We will pursue this diplomatic track. I fervently hope this can be resolved in a non-military way".  

What it does it gets Obama off the hook and out of the corner he painted himself in last year when he made his "red line in the sand" comments over Assad's potential use of chemical weapons.

Of course the reality was Obama was out on a limb essentially by himself and he knew it. His "coalition of the willing" with other countries buying into his intended missile strike on Syria was next to nil. The British parliament wouldn't go along, the American people were overwhelmingly against it and significant numbers in Congress, Dems and Repubs alike were lined up opposing him.

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