Oh, CNN…

Just now I found this on Slashdot:

Syrian Gov’t Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

CNN reports that at least for now we may be able to set aside the question of whether and under what authority the U.S. should intervene militarily in Syria, a question that’s dominated the news for the last few weeks. From the report: “Facing the threat of a U.S. military strike, the country’s leaders Tuesday reportedly accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons. … The development, reported by Syrian state television and Russia’s Interfax news agency, came a day after the idea bubbled up in the wake of what appeared to be a gaffe by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. It quickly changed the debate in Washington from ‘Should the U.S. attack?’ to ‘Is there a diplomatic way out of this mess?’ Syrian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday his country had agreed to the Russian proposal after what Interfax quoted him as calling ‘a very fruitful round of talks’ with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. Details of such a transfer have yet to be worked out, such as where the arms would go, who would safeguard them and how the world could be sure Syria had handed over its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.”

Oh, CNN. You are so good in making America look good. Why do I say that? Look at this part: From the report: “Facing the threat of a U.S. military strike, the country’s leaders Tuesday reportedly accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons.

The way they wrote this is as if the Syrian government agreed to a Russian plan, in order to avoid a US attack.

Then look at: Syrian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday his country had agreed to the Russian proposal after what Interfax quoted him as calling ‘a very fruitful round of talks’ with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. 

Not one word of a US official taking part in the talks. Not a word that the Russian minister threatened with a US retaliation.

It were probably the US politicians who were facing the threat of a military strike. Russia was the one who came up with the plan, and luckily president Obama had the wits to see its value.