(The Root) — On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama laid out the moral argument for an international, multilateral coalition to respond to the alleged Aug. 21 gas attack by the Syrian government on its own citizens. The speech came in the midst of a rapidly moving diplomatic crisis. Just over a week ago, it seemed that a limited U.S. military strike was all but imminent, but in the past 48 hours the Obama administration has brokered a deal — using unlikely ally Russian President Vladimir Putin as a conduit. The deal would see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad place his chemical weapons under international control and monitoring, with an agreement that the weapons would eventually be destroyed. Syria would also join the United Nation’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and thereby commit to the long-term prohibition of chemical-artillery proliferation. If the terms of the agreement were met and kept, the Obama administration would cease its current plan to pursue military action. Though the recent moves are not without critics — most claiming that Russia and Syria are disingenuous — this pause reveals President Obama’s deliberate nature, and his commitment to exhausting all possible diplomatic options before wielding American military… Read full this story
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