"Asked by CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan whether there was any way, at this stage, for Assad to stop an attack by the U.S., Kerry said the Syrian leader "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over. All of it. Without delay, and allow a full and total accounting before that, but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."
His handlers, not satisfied with the last line of their boss's statement, went even further in an effort to dismiss the hypothetical scenario.
"Jen Psaki, a State Department spokesperson, said later that Kerry's one-week ultimatum was not meant to be taken literally.
"Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Asad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he used," Psaki said. "His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts can not be trusted to turn over chemical weapons otherwise he would have done so long ago."
"We don't know whether Syria will agree to it, but we will immediately join work with Damascus if establishing international control over chemical weapons in that country helps prevent attacks," Lavrov said in a special press statement issued on Monday.
Russia calls on Syria to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), put its chemical weapons storage facilities under international control, and expects a prompt reaction to that proposal from the Syrian government.
We have given our proposal to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem and we expect a prompt and, I hope, positive response," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Monday.
"We are calling on the Syrian government to reach agreements about the putting their chemical weapons storage facilities under international control, subsequent destruction of these weapons, and on the full-fledged joining to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)," he said......"
“Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control,” Walid al-Moallem said......"
"......Beck explained that there are two oil and natural gas pipelines that have been vying for access to Syria, one of which would go through Iran and Iraq, the other of which would go through Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The latter was denied by Syria, Beck said, much to the dismay of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Beck then noted that John Kerry said certain Arab countries have offered to pay for a U.S. strike on Syria.
“Wow, the kindness of their hearts! Or is it the kindness of their radical Islamist hearts?” Beck said. “It’s all about money and oil. They want a pipeline, and they are prepared to do anything to get [the pipeline that benefits them] as opposed to [the other] pipeline.”