Topic 1: Putin – who the Obama White House has entrusted to fix the Syria situation- mocks the United States in an OpEd the day after POTUS speech. Should the NYT have published this?
Topic 2: WH reaction: Senior Admin official says, "President Putin has invested his credibility in transferring Assad's chemical weapons to international control, and ultimately destroying them. The world will note whether Russia can follow through on that commitment." Can we really trust Russia to broker peace with Syria and what do we get out of it? This deal seems destined to be good for Putin and Russia alone: Assad stays in power and keeps his conventional military might, Putin and Assad are enlarged on the world stage, and Syria and Russia have faced down the U.S. military might and come away unscathed.
Topic 3: College kids chase David Petraeus and shout at him on first day of class.
White House puts Syria onus on Putin after Russian president pressures US in op-ed
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday for talks with his Russian counterpart as the White House attempted to put the onus on Russian President Vladimir Putin to resolve the ongoing crisis over chemical weapons use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was quoted by Reuters as telling students in Kazakhstan that he was "certain that there's a chance for peace in Syria." In the same address, Lavrov also welcomed Syria's acceptance of the Russian proposal that Damascus place its chemical weapons under international control.
Putin earlier stepped up his pressure on the Obama administration to abandon the threat of military action against Syria, taking to the pages of Thursday's print edition of The New York Times to suggest such a move would be "pointless."
Late Wednesday, a senior administration official responded to the op-ed, telling Fox News, "President Putin has invested his credibility in transferring Assad's chemical weapons to international control, and ultimately destroying them. The world will note whether Russia can follow through on that commitment."
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