9-18-13) Did Obama get snookered by Putin in the run-up to the US invasion of Syria?
Certainly he tied his hands. He stole his thunder. He pulled the rug from under him. Whatever expression you want to use. After all it was Putin who was first to come up with this idea of Syria abandoning its chemical weapons -- which of course is very self-serving because he knows the manner in which such surrender would occur under UN auspices.
This is the same thing that happened in Iraq. It was the Bush Sr. Regime that asked to get the UN involved which gave the Iraqis, under instruction from Washington, enough time to remove any identifying marks from the weapons in question -- which were provided to Iraq by the United States. This is exactly what Putin is doing in the instance of Syria.
By the time the Syrians hand over any chemical weapons, any distinguishing marks would be removed so they couldn't be traced back to the Russians. All of the identifying marks -- most likely Cyrillic letters -- that were painted on them could easily be removed.