In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer today at The White House, President Obama said a U.S. military strike would "absolutely" be put on hold if Assad gives up control of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenal.
"I consider this a modestly positive development," the president said. "Let's see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used."
Obama also spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, reiterating that the United States will work to arrive at an agreement "that is enforceable and serious," noting this proposal could lead to a "breakthrough."
This is after Secretary of State John Kerry’s impromptu comments earlier today that Assad could “turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week,” a statement the State Department initially referred to as a “rhetorical argument" before international leaders, specifically the Russian foreign minister, "welcomed" the strategy. Because, again, sometimes you might be able to solve problems without bombing a bunch of people who live thousands of miles away.