DURATION: 2:10

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SHOTLIST:

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington -- September 9, 2013

1. Congressmen arriving on Capitol Hill

Andrews AFB -- September 6, 2013

2. President Barack Obama departs AF1

FILE -- DATE AND LOCATION UNKOWN

3. Bashar Assad

US OFFICIAL -- HANDOUT

4. Various of Syria gas attack victims

UK POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

London -- September 9, 2013

5. SOUNDBITE: John Kerry, Secretary of State

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington -- September 6, 2013

6. Obama departs Marine One

AP -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Moscow -- September 9, 2013

7. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Washington

8. Wide of White House briefing

9. SOUNDBITE: Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Adviser

SYRIAN STATE TV -- NO ACCESS SYRIA

10. Syrian military vehicles

AP -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington

11. SOUNDBITE: Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State

CHARLIE ROSE/PBS

12. Charlie Rose and Bashar Assad

13. SOUNDBITE: Bashar Assad, Syrian President

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

14. Wide of Susan Rice

15. SOUNDBITE: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser

16. Wide of US House floor

17. SOUNDBITE: Rep. George Holding, R-NC

AP -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

18. Various of anti-war rally

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

St Petersburg, Russia - September 6, 2013

19. Various of Obama at G20 summit

VOICE OVER SCRIPT:

(Lawmakers arriving for briefings, B-roll Obama, Assad walking or talking)

The arm-twisting on Syria was relentless -- as President Obama's top aides pleaded with lawmakers to back military strikes targeting Syria's Bashar Assad...

(B-roll gas)

... asserting this kind of dreadful poison gas attack MUST be answered.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Secretary of State John Kerry

"What are we going to do? Turn our backs? Have a moment of silence?''

(B-roll Obama)

Yet as the president prepared to make his case in a speech to the nation...

(Lavrov walk-in)

... the debate was upended by an offer from Syria's patron.

SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister. (fade uner)

Russia's foreign minister said to avoid U. S. strikes, Syria would turn its chemical stockpile over to international control.

(WH briefing walk-in)

The White House promised to study this -- but was hugely skeptical.

SOUNDBITE: Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser. (1:45 p.m. approx)

"Unfortunately, the track record to date, including recent statements by Assad, not even acknowledging he has chemical weapons, doesn't give you a lot of confidence."

(B-roll Syrian military)

While the U. S. would LOVE those stockpiles destroyed, it fears the regime's stalling.

SOUNDBITE: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State

"This cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction."

(To Rose interview)

Indeed, Assad remained defiant in the face of Obama's "red line."

SOUNDBITE: (English) Syrian President Bashar Assad

"Obama draw that line. And Obama can draw line for himself and for his country not for other countries. We have our red lines. Like our sovereignty and our independence."

(Rice cutaway)

In Washington, Obama's national security chief argued Americans could be the next targets if that line's not enforced.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Susan Rice, national security adviser

"Not respond to gasing children in their beds, we we open ourself up to more fearsome consequences."

(More B-roll Hill briefings)

Yet despite this fierce lobbying, Capitol Hill's doubts seemed to deepen.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Congressman George Holding, R-N. C. (House Floor 2:05 p.m.)

"This administration has done nothing to convince me and the American people that they have a focused, effective plan for military action in Syria or really any true plan at all."

(UPSOUND - "Hands off Syria" ...)

So did the emotions -- with a test vote in the Senate looming hours after Obama's speech.

(Back to Obama)

Yet the administration argues Russia's 11th-hour gambit PROVES the threat of military force is the ONLY language Assad understands.

MS, AP, WHITE HOUSE

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