Syria: Vigil held in D.C. to oppose military strike
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Outside the Capitol on Monday night, a candlelight vigil was held in opposition to a military strike on Syria.
But it was inside Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office that John Kerry tossed an 11th hour curveball to President Bashar al-Assad.
"He could turn over every single bit of chemical weapons -- turn it over, all of it, without delay," he said.
Whether this was an unintentional statement or a calculated strategy is still in question.
Consider that within hours of Kerry’s comments, Russia announced they would push Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control.
Shortly thereafter, the White House announced:
"We want to look at hard at what the Russians have proposed and we will," said Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Adviser.
Then by sundown, the president was on a T.V. blitz. After being asked by Diane Sawyer whether a military strike would be on pause if Assad yielded control of his chemical weapons to international authority, Obama responded:
"Absolutely, if in fact that happened. "
But it is what’s happening inside Congress that may be affecting the president’s stance. ABC 7 polled local members, and found that six back a strike on Syria while three would likely vote no. And a look at the list of undecideds show that five of the six are Democrats.
That sentiment is increasing on the streets of both D.C. and the world.