Russia claims to have reached an agreement with Syrians to permit international inspectors to supervise the management and disposal of chemical weapons in the nation’s stockpile. If that can happen in an immediate, safe and responsible manner, that would be a breakthrough.
If the Russian assistance in the matter works, that may also contribute to improving the relationship between Russia and the U.S. and may bolster Russia’s credibility in the world community.
As for Obama’s boldness and persistence, that too may score some points, all of which is contingent upon the proposed solution actually working.
To this analyst, Russia would not likely stick its neck out if the plan was unworkable or insincere.
The outcome that America hopes for is a democratic Syria with a more moderate and tolerant government. Perpetuation of the Assad dynasty isn’t in the cards. Neither is another nation run by the Muslim Brotherhood. On that point, America and the Russians likely have common ground.
“Obama calls chemical arms proposal a potential 'breakthrough'
President Obama on Monday called a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over control of its chemical weapons to international monitors in order to avoid a military strike a “potentially positive development,” that could represent a “significant breakthrough,” but he said he remains skeptical the Syrian government would follow through on its obligations based on its recent track record. “Between the statements that we saw from the Russians — the statement today from the Syrians — this represents a potentially positive development,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News, according to a transcript provided by the network. “We are going to run this to ground. [Secretary of State] John Kerry will be talking to his Russian counterpart. We’re going to make sure that we see how serious these proposals are.”