Gotta give it to Vladimir Putin. He's having a good week. Kudos to him for proposing a removal of Syria's cache of chemical weapons. Of course, this will take years, and he knows it. But it's a good place to start on the road to peace.
That said, I don't support President Barack Obama desire to attack Syria -- at all. However, Mr. Putin, give props to the POTUS. His motivation for joining this conflict is not to weaken Russia. It is to punish the commission of a moral attrocity. What is your motivation for defending Assad? To weaken America. So don't lecture us about being the world's policeman. At least the US is willing to take a moral stand and to do something other than just lob words. And I'm sorry, but we -- the United States of America -- are exceptional. History proves this time and again.
ADDENDUM: I read the Times piece. It's worth reading. Putin says his concern is international law. He makes some good points. As I can't know his heart, I can't judge how sincere he is, so I have to take him at his word.