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    he could not to get sucked into a ME civil war with jhadists and Hezbullah added.

    So he sent a message to Assad: the Red Line statement.

    Obama's Red Line comment was a message to Syria that we would get involved if he used CW. He didn't for a long time.

    But Obama had nothing to offer Syria to bargain with Assad. Russia did. So Obama had to force Putin’s hand. (Paneta said that Obama-Putin (and lower guys) had been discussing this for almost 30 months. (See Paneta on charlierose.com 9/13/13).

    Putin resisted but seemed to be bending soooo    
    The whole take it to Congress was to buy time. to give Putin a little longer.

    But Obama had to work it. He had to make it seem really real. Preparations had to be made. Defense said it was ready. He went out and did interviews to every one he could.

    I think Putin had more respect for Obama's persuasive powers than anyone on this site. And perhaps  disbelief of the extent of Republican House crazy.

    On Sunday Assad was denying he had CW. Asked if he would give them up to avert a strike he said he couldn't give up what he didn't have. Later he said he would do anything to avert an attack which Rose has clipped and is spinning to make himself seem important to have gotten that admission for Assad.

    Actually Assad handled Charlie with ease and some grace. Charlie thinks he did so well — if ego was edible Charlie would never go hungry.

    Anyway, let Putin take credit; Obama has never cared who got credit as long as he got what he wanted. Getting rid of CW is exactly what he most wanted. It has been a big thing of his since he first came to the Senate. He helped get the Lugar-Obama bill through, the successor to the Nunn-Lugar bill of around 1990.

    Now the hard work of making them stick to it and on a reasonable timetable.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:53:19 AM PDT

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