WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers before talking to the nation tonight about his plans for Syria.
Monday night, President Obama said his threat of a military strike helped convince Syria to pass its gas to international control, ‘I have to say that it’s unlikely that we would have arrived at that point where there were even public statements like that without a credible military threat.”
And that brings us to today’s Syria NewsFix in brief.
Dateline Damascus, Syria’s foreign minister says his country is ready to tell everyone where it’s hiding chemical weapons. He also says Syria will stop producing more gas.
Dateline New York, Russia withdrew its request to the United Nations Security Council for an emergency meeting on the Syrian crisis.
Dateline Capitol Hill, Illinois senator Dick Durbin says President Obama wants senate Democrats to delay a vote on military action against Syria, possibly into next week.
Dateline Jordan, the opposition Syrian National Coalition is not convinced Syria is serious about the gas passing plan, saying it smells like a delaying tactic.
Dateline Washington, Capitol Hill is a house divided on support of President Obama’s military plan.
Speaker of the House John Boehner: ‘I think it`s critically important that when the president goes out on behalf of the American people that members of Congress do everything they can to be supportive of him.’
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell: ‘So I will be voting against this resolution. Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play. There are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria.’
Dateline Los Angeles. Could actor Albert Brooks have played a part in getting Syria to pass its gas?
Last week, Brooks tweeted that Russia and the US should go into Syria and get the gas.