The threat of a U.S. military strike against Syria, may in the end produce a peaceful outcome.
Rice University Political Science Professor Richard Stoll says Syria appears prepared to surrender its chemical weapons stockpile because the U.S. threatened military action and because Russia is now also leaning on Syria.
Stoll says “pressure from Russia saying you (Syria) really need to do this because otherwise you are going to get struck.”
But Stoll says Russia probably only put that pressure on Syria because of the U.S. threat.
With Syria saying it supports a proposal that it give up control of its chemical weapons, President Obama joined a call for the U.N. Security council to begin talks aimed at securing those weapons.
A bipartisan group of Senators is seizing on that new strategy. It is putting together a reworked congressional resolution calling for a U.N. team to remove the chemical weapons and it authorizes military action if that doesn’t happen.