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Hume calls possible Syria breakthrough a 'political lifeline' for Obama

Brit Hume says Russian Proposal is a lifeline.


Brit Hume told viewers Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the Russian offer to work with the Syrian regime to put its chemical arsenals under international control might be a way for President Barack Obama to get himself out of the corner he painted himself into “without firing a shot."

The idea originally came up when Secretary of State John Kerry was asked if there was anything that could be done to stop a strike on Syria. Kerry said President Bashar Assad would have to give up all his chemical weapons by the end of the week.

The Russians then worked with members of the Assad regime who agreed they would welcome the idea to place their chemical arsenals under international control.

Brit Hume, FOX News Channel’s senior political analyst said,“this thing is a political lifeline, not just for the president, but for all these members of Congress who don't want to vote on this issue.

“I didn't think it was possible for there to be any kind of escape from the corner into which Barack Obama had painted himself, this may however be it. If this can be done, if this is feasible, if the U.N. can some way find a way to detect and get control of these weapons or some process by which that can be started. What does that do? First of all what did the president say he wanted his military strike to accomplish? It was to rob Bashar Assad of his ability to use chemical weapons. This does that. This is without firing a shot.”