Carney: US 'unbelievably small' military threat pushed Syria to accept Russian plan
Of course, press secretary Carney did not use John Kerry's characterization of the size of the military strike when he bragged to the press that his boss's brilliant move saved the world - or something. Kerry's words will now be forgotten and the spinmeisters at the White House and in the press, are about to lionize and cannonize Obama as the great peacemaker.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that a reported deal between Russia and Syria on chemical weapons was a potentially "positive development," and he credited the threat of a U.S. military strike with bringing it about.
"We see this as potentially a positive development and we see it as a clear result of the pressure that's been put on Syria by the fact that the president has been moving forward," Carney said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked about the breaking news.
Carney said President Barack Obama's position in his address Tuesday night - pushing for congressional approval of a military strike - will be unchanged from 24 hours ago, and reiterated that the "limited, focused strike" the president was advocating was already having results.
"Let's be clear, what we're seeing with the Russian proposal and Syrian reaction has only come about because of the threat, the credible threat of U.S. military action," Carney said. "Before this morning, the Syrian government had never even acknowledged they possessed chemical weapons. Now they have."
The White House spokesman also said the idea is something the U.S. has been discussing with the Russians, including at the G-20 Summit last week.
"I want to make clear [it] is something that we have been discussing with the Russians. Secretary [John] Kerry with his counterpart, Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov, and the president with President [Vladimir] Putin in St. Petersburg just on Friday," Carney said.
Carney said the U.S. will continue to engage with its allies internationally to verify the seriousness of the Syrian proposal, but there is no specific plan in place for moving forward with it.
"We haven't got a plan with individuals attached to it yet. We need to make sure beforehand that the Syrians are serious and will actually follow through on a commitment to give up a chemical weapons stockpile that they've been husbanding for decades," Carney said. "We have to be cautious but we have to follow through."
"Eet ees all goink accordink to plon," says Carney. Of course, it's Putin's plan but who's keeping track?
The press is still on Obama's case about the haphazard, confused, contradictory, and weak policy on Syria. But don't worry, that's bound to change. If a strike is avoided, there there will be a push for another Nobel Peace Prize for the president, and will will hear nothing except how much better it is to have this smart president and his smart people running things rather than those dumb Bushies.