President Barack Obama said recently that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria makes it necessary for Congress, the United States and the world to decide if Bashar al-Assad has crossed the “red line” that merits an attack.
“I didn’t set a red line,” Obama said during a news conference in Stockholm. “The world set a red line.”
He added, “My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’s credibility is on the line.”
But Secretary of State John Kerry and some members of Congress are evidently a little confused by the President’s war-like rhetoric combined with his unwillingness to be remembered as a President who dragged the U.S. into yet another unnecessary war.
Making the case for Syrian war during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Kerry asked the panel to remind him, “What was the date when the president drew the red line publicly?”
Representative Eliot Engel (D- N.Y.) made a similar mistake, explaining that enemies of the U.S. throughout the world are keeping an eye on how the President responds to the situation in Syria.
Engel explained that Iran was “watching how we respond to the Syrian regime’s crossing of the president’s red line,” adding quickly, “. . . and the world’s red line.”
Whoever drew the line, it is safe to assume that the United States is headed into a dangerous military conflict. It’s also safe to assume that none of the political class will take responsibility for the consequences of meddling in Syria.