Alright.. I'll ask this.. because it's getting to me.
Why are you willing to give Putin a measure of respite that you don't seem to like giving any other world leader? You are willing to give Assad and Putin a hell of a lot more leeway than any other politician mentioned in this thread.
I'm not giving anybody respite. If I was a world leader I'd bomb the entire country flat or do nothing at all. Not some half assed intervention. I agree with Obama that something should be done but I also agree with Putin that we need definitive proof that it WAS Assad and not the rebels. Kerry saying he has the proof sounds alarmingly like the statement that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and you can only imagine what happens if it really was the rebels that launched the chemical weapons attack.
A military intervention just to show Assad you cannot use chemical weapons is, as stated by others before me, hypocrit and I therefore do NOT agree with Obama on WHAT should be done.
Putin saying that the chemical weapons should be controlled by the UN, is obviously what everybody in the world wants... Assad no longer using chemical weapons. That seems to be the only goal of any intervention by anybody, so by having Assad handing over his chemical weapons, as Putin suggested, everybody's happy. (Except of course the millions of Syrians who are suffering on a daily basis, but that doesn't seem to be the point of any of the world leaders.)