I do not agree that the US was cheated, fooled, or "played". What I think happened may have happened was that Russia had been prepared to offer a solution (Surrendering chemical weapons). Whether John Kerry actually made a diplomatic tactical error by his "offer" for Syria to do the same with the Russians grabbing the chance to take him up on it, or if the entire move had been orchestrated by Putin and Obama earlier at the G20 Summit, we will probably never know. According to a good friend who commented on yesterday's post on this subject, Obama claims that he came up with the idea with Putin at the summit. Either way, we have a chance to avoid committing forces in a campaign that would have one goal - to topple the Syrian government and create a vacuum that would be filled by the same scum (Moderates almost always lose once the autocrat is gone) that have murdered, raped, bombed, and burned their way through non-Sunni (and especially non-Muslim in general) regions that had at least been stable and free of war and terror prior to the conflict. Obama gets to save face (crucial for a narcissist) and maybe Assad can focus on driving the rebels out.
The White House is still determined to bury the Benghazi scandal. Although some survivors/witnesses have spoken publicly, testifying on record before Congress leaves the administration and State department open for trouble:
"Secretary of State John Kerry has informed Congress he “will not honor the request to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning,” CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson reports.
Republicans in the House Oversight Committee reportedly plan to issue subpoenas if Kerry does not reverse his decision and provide congressional investigators access to Benghazi survivors.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday sent Kerry a formal letter demanding access to the survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“I must receive confirmation that the [State] Department will makes these witnesses available to Committee investigators by September 24, 2013,” the letter reads.
“Otherwise, I will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process,” the letter adds.
The congressman points out that this is not the first time that the Committee has demanded access to the Benghazi survivors. In fact, he notes, the State Department has dutifully ignored or denied earlier requests for access.
The State Department told the Committee on Aug. 23, 2013, that it was not “prepared to support the [Committee’s] request for transcribed interviews.”........"