The Washington Post

Putin radiates naglost, the Russian word for chutzpah. He lectures us about democracy, and has a sophist's ability to probe our growing doubts about our role in the world.

Leading up to the president's speech, things might be breaking for the president, turning what was a certain political "disastrophe" into a simple calamity.

Of course a diplomatic solution in Syria is a good idea, but we need to be sure that this is a serious and viable proposal and not just a delaying tactic.