WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the senators who discussed Syria today with President Barack Obama says Obama "wasn't overly optimistic" that a solution can be reached at the United Nations.
Democrat Richard Durbin quotes Obama as saying that even if a credible plan can be worked out, it could be difficult to push it through the Security Council.
Senators say Obama told them he's keeping the military option on the table. Democrat Barbara Boxer of California says Obama told senators that the proposal calling for Syria to give up its chemical weapons arsenal has a long way to go, and that the United States needs to keep up the pressure on the Syrian government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that a U.N. effort can only succeed if the U.S. and its allies "reject the use of force."
The two-track approach to Syria is expected to be reflected in Obama's speech to the nation tonight.