Is Obama Getting a Lifeline for Syria From Putin?

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Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Peter Cook updates the latest news on Syria and previews President Barack Obama's speech tonight on possible military actions. Cook speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)

Peter, tell us first, the president.

He is getting a lifeline from vladimir kuehne here.

A very unlikely source.

Who would have thought it would be the russians of all trying to diffuse this crisis but they are trying to get syria to turn over chemical weapons international control to ultimately be destroyed.

It shifts the debate as the president is ready for his address and it could give him an escape route from a potentially humbling rejection from congress.

But is this lesson plan for real?

In his six network elevation interviews the president says the u.s. welcomes the initiative but will remain skeptical.

I think if we can come up with a mechanism to get these under control, verify and enforce that they are not being used, then we should do everything we can to pursue that.

And that is not going to happen if assad thinks he is going to lie his way through this and eventually the world forgets the images of those children who were gassed.

The friends -- friends say they will try to nail down the offer by presenting it to the security council for approval, which will put the russians on the spot as they has rejected every syria resolution so far at the u.n.. or now, the address to the nation still to go and the president will also make his case to apple hill to put pressure on syria.

He will make behind closed doors today with senate democrats and republicans at the weekly lunches.

He has his work cut out in congress.

What does he have to do?

He absolutely has his work cut out for him.

The latest bloomberg tally shows he will likely lose the vote in the house if it were held today.

218 lawmakers either firm know or leaning no.

It takes 217 votes to win the resolution.

The outlook is not that great in the senate as well.

Majority leader harry reid yesterday delaying consideration of the resolution to give the administration or time to get votes.

In his interviews last night the president acknowledges -- acknowledged he faces a skeptical congress and public.

There's a reason why i slowed things down to allow for a congressional debate.

Part of it was given the threat was not imminent to the united states, despite me believing i have the authority to take action.

I thought it was best for us to actually have the debate, because we have gone through a lot of war and people are frankly suspicious.

Again, the president expected to address the nation tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time.

It will be interesting to see how he talked about the proposal, still keeping pressure on congress.

Over the weekend assad spoke to charlie rose.

What is the message from syria?

Syrian foreign ministry -- foreign minister from -- welcome the proposal from russia.

In an interview with charlie rose this weekend, syrian president bashar al-assad talked about the possibility of getting rid of the weapons.

We are against wmd, any weapon of mass distraction, chemical or nuclear.

You are against the use of chemical warfare?

Not only me but as a government in two thousand one we propose to the united nations to empty or to get rid of every wmd in the middle east, and the united states was against that.

The united states highly skeptical of the original offer from the syrian's and again skeptical about whether or not this again -- indeed is a diplomatic solution to this crisis.

When the president speaks tonight on syria, stay with bloomberg.

We will have full coverage of the address at 9:00 p.m. eastern time but be sure to watch charlie rose's exclusive interview with syrian president bashar al-assad at 8:00 p.m. eastern time only on bloomberg television.

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