The sudden burst of diplomatic fervor that halted the march toward military strikes on Syria was good news for President Obama, although as USA Today reports, finding and getting rid of Syria’s chemical weapons while it’s in the middle of a civil war is going to be extremely difficult. Syria also seems happy with the deal — a spokesperson called it a victory for President Bashar Al-Assad. But the real winner appears to be Russian president Vladimir Putin, who basked in his role as global power broker. As The Economist points out, Putin may have pulled off a stalling tactic that supports a regime his government has been propping up. Less pleased were the Western-backed Syrian rebels who had hoped the building momentum would finally help oust Al-Assad.