Israeli National News is saying that Obama delayed attacking Syria in order to give more time to get Russian support. From the story:
A report Monday said that the reason U.S. President Barack H. Obama effectively delayed the threatened American response to the recent chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces was to give the diplomatic process a chance – and to bring Russia onboard with the efforts to force Assad to give up his chemical weapons.If true, it means that Obama's reaching out to Congress was a complete sham.
The Kuwaiti report said that Obama was consulting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on ways to persuade Assad to step down from his position without the need to resort to force. Russia sees Syria as a patron state, and has threatened to “take action” if the U.S. or other Western powers attack Syria.