All eyes turn to Geneva talks on Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry will explore Russian plan on Syria in Geneva talks on Thursday.
September 11th, 2013
03:01 PM ET

All eyes turn to Geneva talks on Syria

By Jamie Crawford

Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Geneva on Thursday for a high-stakes meeting with his Russian counterpart that could conceivably tip the balance on whether the United States strikes Syria militarily over alleged chemical weapons use.

Kerry will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the specifics of Moscow's plan that would put Syria's chemical stockpiles under international control, described as a difficult but momentous step that would nullify the threat of weapons of mass destruction and diffuse the crisis.

In his address to the nation on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he was willing to test the seriousness and feasibility of the proposal before resuming his push for a vote in Congress on whether to authorize force to punish the Syrian regime over an alleged poison gas attack last month the United States says killed more than 1,400 people.

Kerry will take the lead in dealing with the Russians, Obama said.

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  1. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  2. RC

    Now that all eyes are on Geneva we are taking our eyes off of Benghazi, Obamacare, and the new Fed Chair.
    Lets see, O will give the Reps the new lesser of the 2 evils Fed Chair, the Reps will give O Obamacare and Benghazi will go away.

    September 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  3. Hsftuk Ddthjl

    why doesn't Putin suggest all peace all the time no compromise in the entire region? Ans: he is already a wind-bag.

    September 12, 2013 at 1:03 am | Reply
  4. Hsftuk Ddthjl

    If anyone was actualy worried about a WW on Putins planet then a great place to start is offing assads chemical weapons after all that is what they used in WWI.

    September 12, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  5. Hsftuk Ddthjl

    Uhm...we are already in WWIII according to ass hoLe s Across the region.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
  6. Hsftuk Ddthjl

    Putin who don't speak english or American launched the KGB mind control moot-point "OP-ED propaganda piece to the NYT–I have not read the op-ed because it aint real and it has to be about absolutly about everything except meeting the first test.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
  7. Hsftuk Ddthjl

    PUTIN SHOULD RESIGN...

    September 12, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
  8. Rttyuk Frtuhu

    Russia, Syria & Iran have/had boots on the ground in Syria both before & durring the Civil war. Chemical weapons were used by Syrians on Syrians Assad is responsable.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      That's funny a neutral country that has no stake in Syria today released findings that the rebels/terrorist used the chemical weapons not Assad. So believe who you want but I choose the one that released proof with their findings not just stating a source that they won't revile.

      September 12, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
      • BCP

        You mean they release evidence that the rebels ALSO used chemical weapons. Chemical weapons have been used by both sides. I wonder which group within the rebel coalition (Syrian Free Army-the part of the Syrian army that defected because they refused to fire on fellow Syrians or al-Nusra Front-the jihadists). Hmmmmm.

        September 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  9. Rttyuk Frtuhu

    Putin did not save anybody certianly not Assad...Assad talks for Assad not Putin...The first test has thus far failed...

    September 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  10. StanCalif

    The only way I see Putin's proposal of having any chance of success is if Putin provides Soviet (oops, Russian) troops to escort and protect UN inspectors. Iran should also commit military troops to this task. Any American troops offered for such duty would be sitting ducks, for Assad's military and for the jihadist rebels! Both sides would shoot any American first! Lesson we should have learned from Iraq! When all Americans are dead, then go back to killing each other!
    Yes, Russia "saved" Assad from Obama's "shock and pull back". This plan would never have succeeded anyway! Obama's promise of "no boots on the ground" simply cannot be guaranteed! GWB, and his "advisers" had themselves convinced that Iraq would be a 3 month campaign. They ignored the military leaders (on the ground) and ignored our civilian diplomats (also on the ground). This is really what happens! Fairy tales don't exist in the real world!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Palle sol Fuoco

      The U.S. could easily destroy Syria in 3 months although it would probably lead to WW III.

      September 12, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  11. Rttyuk Frtuhu

    I might read putins NYT op-ep after the chemical weapons in Syria are 100% destroyed...

    September 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  12. Rttyuk Frtuhu

    QUESTION: WHO HAS SUPPLYED WEAPON IN SYRIA CIVIL WAR EXCEPT RUSSIA?

    September 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  13. Rttyuk Frtuhu

    TO PUTIN: FACT: AMERICA HAS NOT ATTACKED SYRIA...YOU ARE A LAWER DIDNT THEY TRAIN YOU NOT TO DEAL IN HYPOTHITICAL BUT RATHER DEAL WITH FACT

    September 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  14. Kjhgfd Fkjgf

    THIS IS NOT A GARAGE SALE FOLKS...THATS A FACT...IT SHOULD NOT BE UP FOR DEBATE...

    September 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  15. Kjhgfd Fkjgf

    just deal with the facts as they have happened you will find there is more than enough reasons to understand that people want a cease fire not at the exspense of a cease fire...

    September 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  16. Kjhgfd Fkjgf

    if syria cannot defend itself without the worlds largest supply of chemical weapons then first: why is syria in a civil war second: if syria is not in a civil war which it is why hasn't it used its chemical weapons answer: assad has used chemical weapons.

    September 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  17. Kjhgfd Fkjgf

    right now there has been no actual deplomacy on syria...there has been a civil war but that civil war is in syria not russia.

    September 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  18. Kjhgfd Fkjgf

    you cannot collect the chemical weapons without a cease fire you cannot have a cease fire unless you get rid of 100% of the chemical weapons...The Test is the cease fire after the chemical weapons are fingered by Assad not anyone else. This is not over thinking its how people work in the third dimension...rumor on the street is without assad putin has no syria to talk to, I might or might not belive that opinion based opinon...Putin is responsable for being a state sponsor of state sponsors of terrorists.

    September 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  19. George patton

    It is equally important to destroy chemical factories and medical plants in Syria, hope they include these facilities in their talks.

    September 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  20. Random

    I think we are over thinking it.

    Rather than moving the cw, break them down on site. Be prepared to do this in record speed.

    It is horrible, but assigning blame should be the last thing on the todo list (france) . If we can eliminate the stockpiles all together then it is a fair trade. I would take never needing to hear about syria's cw over getting to see a video of assad hanging.

    Keep your eye on the prize. Chemical weapons are the problem. The ONLY solution to this problem is destroying the chemical weapons. Just about anything should be on the table for this.

    If we put the same determination into figuring out how to break down everything they have , simultaneously at all sites , as we do into how to start wars this should be a cake walk. Multiple teams all move in at the same time. With the cooperation of both syria and rebels (neither wants to be killed either by gas or by us right) we can move in with multiple teams and break the stuff down in the secured sites it has been kept at all along.

    No risk of terrorists getting it, no risk of spills, this should be able to be done pretty quickly, and operations should plan to be running 24 hours a day , 7 days a week until finished.

    It is really important to get this going. Talking a time scale of days till men are on the ground doing the work. Nothing you can achieve with missiles compares to eliminating the largest stock pile in the world. Not even taking out assad , because then we STILL have the only real problem , chemical weapons.

    September 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Random

      If they play games , we declare all out war on them . Not this bs obama is going for. They have one chance to resolve this.

      September 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Reply

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