BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- On the eve of the 12th anniversary of 9/11 terrorism attacks against his country, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a rare prime time TV address to another round of pitching on Syria.
After staging two long-lasting and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2011, it could be never known whether the U.S. policymakers get wiser on anti-terror war or potential threats of Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists.
Obama has threatened to resort to military action against Syria based on the allegation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
However, more Americans and the world community have come to know that military strikes from a flip-flopper posed to stand for "hope and change" may work expediently in presidential campaigns, but it is coordinated international diplomatic efforts that benefits the stability of Middle East in the long run.
Obama's remarks that "America is not the world's policeman" are reflected in the two-year conflict in Syria, the bloodshedding protests in Egypt and the Benghazi tragedy, in which four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, lost their lives on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 attacks. These actually proved that Washington has not much to play as the world's policeman.
The Obama administration also ought to realize that it was not its military threat that made the Syrian government willing to turn over its chemical weapons arsenal.
It is the diplomatic efforts made by countries like Russia and China, and more importantly, the consequences of a civil war and possible terrorists attacks that lead to the breakthrough.
No one knows better than Obama himself about the situation of his country in its anti-terror war and the conflicts in the Middle East.
As the history of the U.S. targeted strikes had been marred by errors, notably civilian casualties, little support on his Syrian plan inside and outside the country testifies to the cracking of the reputation and credibility of the United States.
The image of "anchor of global security" may be further tarnished by fallouts of military bills, slope to another war, retaliation of extremists and partisan bickering, which all were pointed out in the president's speech Tuesday night.
The rhetorical description and narration of dying kids are quite forceful, but coordinated diplomatic efforts are more strategic.
Also, as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the U.S. president cannot be clearer that Americans and the international community won't buy his plan of striking Syria without convincing evidence.
Obama asks Congress to delay Syria vote
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to delay the vote on the resolution authorizing military attack against Syria, in order to give diplomatic process more time to work, media reports quoted senators as saying Tuesday.
Obama's request came during a lunch meeting with Democrats at Capitol Hill. A Senate vote on the military action against Syria " would be delayed until next week, at the earliest," Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin was quoted by Politico as saying after the president's meeting with Senate Democrats. Full story
Kerry to meet Russian counterpart on diplomatic solution to Syria crisis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday to discuss Russia's proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to avert a U.S. military strike, a media report said Tuesday.
A U.S. State Department official has confirmed the meeting, according to a report published by the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill on its website. It did not disclose further details of the meeting or how long Kerry will stay in Geneva.Full story
Putin urges U.S. to drop military strike plan against Syria
MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that placing Syrian chemical weapons under international control makes sense only if the U.S. drops its military strike plan against Syria.
"Certainly, all this makes sense and can work only if we hear that the U.S. side and everyone who supports the U.S. in this sense drops the idea of using force," Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.Full story
News Analysis: Russian proposal for Syria's chemical weapon could benefit Israel
JERUSALEM, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Russian proposal for Syria to hand over control of its chemical weapons to international supervisers may avert an almost certain American attack on Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama stated last month that the United States would punish the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21, and initiated a buildup of American forces in the region.Full story
Opposition to Syrian military strike increases: polls
WASHINGTON, Sept.10 (Xinhua) -- Poll results released Tuesday indicate the majority of Americans are concerned that U.S. military strike against Syria will become a long and costly involvement, while multiple recent polls show opposition to the potential attack has increased over the past weeks.
A survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY conducted during Sept. 4-8 showed 63 percent of Americans oppose the U.S. military action against Syria, but the percentage of opposition was only 48 percent during Aug.29 to Sept.1. On the contrary, the ratio of Americans who support the strike almost remained the same, which is less than 30 percent.Full story
Kerry says U.S. not to wait long for Syrian chemical weapons proposal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that Washington won't wait for long for a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
"We're waiting for that proposal. But we're not waiting for long," Kerry said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Syria. "It has to be swift. It has to be real. It has to be verifiable," he added.Full story