Obama’s redefinition of his chemical weapons red line and his reversal seeking Congressional approval for attacking Syria proves he is trying to shed responsibility for his foreign affairs blunder.
Shockingly, during a press conference today in Sweden, Obama denied ownership of his original red line comment saying, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”
Previously, Obama’s decision to take military action was based on the 2012 statement he made in response to a question from NBC’s Chuck Todd:
I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.
Clearly, the words “my calculus” and “my equation,” in context of using military action, shows Obama’s ownership to the red line trigger.
Obama’s red line qualification follows his sudden reversal to seek Congressional approval to wage military action in Syria. Obama’s August 31st Rose Garden statement caught the world by surprise because on the previous day, Secretary of State John Kerry was passionately preparing the world for a U.S. military strike against the Assad regime.
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