The good news: TBD.
The U.S. military will maintain its "current posture to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails," Obama said Tuesday night. This means the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz that's in the Red Sea with destroyer ships nearby will stay put.
The bad news: Russian President Vladimir Putin says that has to change. "You can't really ask Syria, or any other country, to disarm unilaterally while military action against it is being contemplated," Putin said in an interview with a Russian television network.
The good news (according to the United States): Kerry said the looming threat of a strike will prod Syria to play nice. "Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a hanging," he told lawmakers Tuesday.
The bad news (again): A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday found 59% of respondents opposing congressional authorization of military action, while 72% said American strikes would achieve no significant goals.