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Kerry leaves for Europe to discuss Syria diplomacy with Russia

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Updated: 9/11/2013 4:56 pm
(NBC News) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Europe to work with the Russians to confiscate Syrian chemical weapons.

That's the new Obama plan a, putting striking Syria on the back burner.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are skeptical of the Putin proposal but more than willing to give it a try without more bloodshed.

On this 9/11 anniversary, with the President and the Congress looking back at 12 years of war, the vote on striking Syria is on hold.

No U.S. military action for now.

To see if Russian president Putin really will get Syrian Dictator Assad to turn over his chemical weapons.

Most in congress seem glad to wait.

"If it's real and gets us what we were trying to get otherwise, i think everyone would be very happy," said democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra of California.

"It may turn out to be the best thing to come out of Russia since vodka," said California Congressman Brad Sherman.

But more lawmakers are seeing the horrific videos and they heard President Obama last night.

"Sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough," the President said.

And Putin plan so far is all talk.

As of yet, there is no plan for the U.N. to seize Syrian chemicals.

That remains a hypothetical circumstance. We haven't been tasked, U.N. Spokesman Fahran Haq said.

John McCain says we should push that.

"Why not have a resolution today in the Security Council?" questioned McCain.

Turns out it was President Obama and Putin who secretly cooked up the Syria scheme and the Obama plan for now is to let the Russians push Syria and get what they want from any deal.

"The core goal is to show that they still have influence in some parts of the world. That's good. Let's try to leverage that," said former NSA Director retired General Michael Hayden.

But still keep U.S. forces ready to strike.

That military threat would be more credible if congress approved U.S. strikes but that still looks unlikely to pass if it ever comes to a vote.

-- Steve Handelsman, NBC News, reports

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