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He's "part of the problem, not the solution," says Sen. John Cornyn–and the Republican from Texas is not alone. Many on Capitol Hill doubt that Vladimir Putin will follow through on a plan to get Syria's al-Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
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We, the American people, should be intelligent enough to see through Mr. Putin’s recent remarks as a shrewd attempt by a shrewd politician to change the subject, which is, “what are the moral obligations of humanity when a government uses weapons of mass destruction against its own people.” Such obligations are not only the burden of Americans, but that of all good people of the world. However, Mr. Putin had skillfully succeeded in changing the topic by steering it away from the crime that was committed by the Syrian government and refocusing the discussion on America, more specifically American foreign policies and “American exceptionalism,” which is utterly irrelevant in the context of this discussion. We the people must focus our attention on the central issue and not allow Mr. Putin, who likely believes that all Americans are ignorant fools, to toy with our intellect. Regardless of how Mr. Putin chooses to spin this topic, the central issue remains: If the Syrian government really did use chemical weapons against its own people, how should the American people respond? And if we choose to do nothing, can we still live with ourselves as good and decent people? All other discussions put forth by Mr. Putin regarding the use of diplomacy to remove remaining Syrian chemical weapons stockpile are important, yet entirely separate issues. If we have indisputable evidence that the Syrian government “used” chemical weapons against its own people, removing those weapons after the fact does nothing to do justice for the crime that had already been committed. To put it more bluntly, simply removing the weapon from an individual who has just committed murder using that weapon is not justice for his/her victim.
The Russian President is willing to cooperate with you all. He needs your confidence, not your suspicions