If Assad is willing to give up his chemical weapons, chalk up another victory for Obama. I think, based on his more or less positive response Obama knows that. Russia just handed him a foreign policy WMD victory, which everyone will compare with the Bush WMD fiasco in Iraq.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Now, Putin has increased influence in Iran, Syria, Iraq. And countries like Egypt and Jordan will probably start looking at Russia to take the lead. This probably won't have a good ending to it. But it's what the world gets when we elect a community agitator President. He makes things worse, for everybody.
"“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina; or Savannah, Georgia; or Jacksonville, Florida…” -Obama