The United States and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be placed under international control and destroyed in a process that will begin with[in] a week.
International inspectors from the Organisation of the Prevention of Chemical weapons must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to Syrian chemical weapons, said the US secretary of state, John Kerry, while Syria must give a “comprehensive list” of its chemical weapons within one week.
This is a great outcome, and the reason we have it is because Obama has the good sense to be flexible in a crisis. A lesser President, like GWB, would have stubbornly stuck to a plan of military action once it had been announced. Obama didn’t, Kerry and the State Department followed up with solid diplomacy, and now Assad’s chemical arsenal will be in far better control than it would have been after a limited military strike.