Overnight, breaking news that Syria has announced it is willing to surrender control of its chemical weapons. ABC News reports Tuesday morning, Sep. 10 that Russia has offered their support, putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. This came just hours before President Obama planned to make another address to the American public and Congress for support in striking Syrian chemical weapons sites. It also follows prolonged recorded or televised verbal denials and confrontational threats made by Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
In a series of interviews, including one with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Monday night, Sep. 9, President Obama said that if Assad yields control of his chemical weapons the strike would be placed on hold, opening “the door to avoid[ing] the strike.” The president stated that he is open to Syria’s compromise and offered this response to Sawyer, “Absolutely. If, in fact, that happens. If we can resolve this without military conflict, that is my great[est] preference.”
However, the president still plans to go through with his schedule to address the nation Tuesday night, Sep. 10 at 9 p.m. Efforts of making the case for Congress to approve the resolution for a military strike in the event that a Syrian compromise is not forthcoming will also continue. President Obama added in Monday’s interview, “My hope is, is that, by people understanding what is at stake and the limited, but significant, tools we [have] to address it, that they’ll be supportive.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “In terms of military action, we're obviously engaged with Congress at this point. So, while we have these discussions with the Russians and others, we'll continue with the efforts with Congress.” Reuters reports Tuesday that “Russia is working on an "effective, clear, concrete" plan for putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control and is discussing the details with Damascus.”