Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton went to bat Monday for President Obama's plan for military action in Syria.

She said that Russia's proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international monitors is an "important step" and credited Obama's move toward military action for bringing about the potential deal.

“It is very important to note that this discussion that has taken hold today about potential international control over Syria’s stockpiles only could take place in the context of a credible military threat by the United States to keep pressure on the Syrian government, as well as those supporting Syria, like Russia," Clinton said.

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