Syria: Suddenly a Race to Peace?

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Suddenly it seems as if the United States is competing with Russia to find an alternative to attacking Syria.

As we posted this morning:

“The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a possible U.S. military strike, Interfax news agency quoted Syria’s foreign minister as saying on Tuesday,” reports Reuters.

Now, reports Politico, “in response to a Russian offer Monday that Syria should give up its chemical weapons in order to avoid the prospects of military strikes”

A powerful group of senators is quietly drafting a new proposal that could forestall military action in Syria if the country relinquishes its chemical weapon stockpile, according to a source familiar with the deliberations. … The group working on the new plan includes Republican defense hawks, a powerful committee chairman, a key Democratic leader and important swing votes — meaning it could pick up steam as a crucial alternative to the use-of-force resolution that is awaiting action in the Senate.