“President Barack Obama has stumbled into a possible resolution of the Syria showdown, after an act of apparently accidental U.S. diplomacy seemed to deliver a potential way to wriggle out of his political predicament,” Politico writes.
Although… Obama told PBS “that he and Putin did speak about” getting Syria to turn over their chemical weapson “last week while Obama was in St. Petersburg, Russia, for an economic summit. Obama and Putin had an impromptu chat Friday for about 20 minutes. Obama says it was a continuation of previous conversations he’s had with] Putin about securing Syria’s chemical weapons,” AP writes.
And Secretary of State John Kerry credited the White House…
Similar to the NBC/WSJ, CNN and Pew polls, CBS/NYT finds: 61% oppose U.S. airstrikes against Syria, just 33% approve of President Obama’s handling of the situation; Three in four think the Syrian government probably used chemical weapons, but 65% do not think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about it; and 69% say Obama should not strike if Congress does not authorize.