NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Whether you are for or against a military strike against Syria, it is the Obama administration that has made the claim that it was needed to preserve the credibility of the United States. So, according to them, they are voluntarily ceding the credibility of the United States by withdrawing their military plans [for now]. According to the Obama administration, a military strike was needed to let al-Assad know that this kind of violation of "international norms" would not stand without a strong response [i.e., military strike]. So, I guess this sends the message to al-Assad, while you did violate "international norms", all will be forgiven if you agree to give up your chemical weapons and never use them again. Wow, what a strong message to Iran. If they dare to nuke Tel Aviv, they will be in big trouble, unless of course, they agree never to nuke them again.
While Barack Obama has been playing checkers in foreign policy, Vladamir Putin has been playing chess. He has just checkmated president Obama.
Welcome to 2013 in America, where we have become a Monty Python skit under our clueless, incompetent president. Say what you want about president George W Bush, he was a strong leader who, while making mistakes, kept America to be the foemost exceptional country in the world.
Now in Monty Python America, it is "all we are saying, is give al-Assad a chance."