So Mr. President, Is There A ‘Red Line’ Or Not?

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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.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • wavesofgrain

    If the link is not showing, then Google headline below:

    Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/d

    by Yossef Bodansky

    There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.

    The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

    On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.”””

    More of the story in the link….

  • terri

    May God help us safe..Cast evils out to Hell..No war strike on Syria. Should U.S. military force can catch gov, bad army under arrest & put in the imprisonment!! If they won’t listen U.S. law no permit war used chemcial weapons. Let U.S. military fight against Syria of evils, government of evil!! I hand off Obama want to take red line..

  • Gary D Flatt

    So, we have opposing groups, shouting “Allah Akbar” at each other (Sarah Palin) and WE are going to get involved in THAT? Forget about it.

  • guest

    Oh yes, Mr. President. There IS a “Red Line”:

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/20/13379062-obama-draws-red-line-for-syria-on-chemical-and-biological-weapons?lite

    “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,” the president said. “That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

    Looks to me like you own the line.

    • Warrior

      doctor frankenaxelweed has been working OT this week in an attempt to save his “creation”. Sick, just plain Sick! The sh$t is soooo deep right now Caterpillar better put 3 shifts on.

  • Fedup

    Worthless, lying s.o.s.!

  • Brian

    Again I have to ask who voted for this guy nobody will own up to it and our country as we know it is slipping away. If it is all the people who have come here from the Middle East stand up and admit it since you are sinking with us.

  • Brian

    Hey terri go back to school and learn how to talk and write because your comment made zero sense

    • Daisy

      Maybe you need to learn how to read… From an English teacher.

      • Brian

        Tell me what I am missing I read it again and it still does not make sense

  • llected

    He reminds me of a movie I saw couple years ago where a guy is elected to run America, well turns out he says Christianity cannot be allowed in his rule and all that is happening now, he sets country against country so his followers can take over doesn’t that sound familiar, Never believed in our “BELOVED ” president according to him nothing is his fault.

    • shimdo

      amen

  • Jeff Noncent

    Really! this is a Joke and we have a president that said his credibility is not on the line that is crazy what kind of president is this?

  • peter

    It takes a lot of training to always cover one’s ass when the @#*& hits the fan. Obama has achieved that quality to a tee, is eloquently able to shift the blame just in case things go awry and prevent him from taking all the credit. If it’s good it was because of him and if bad it is someone else’s fault. The real problem is that folks actually believe the spin that continually froths from his mouth. Cretinous forked tongue spin doctor of the highest magnitude. America and the world would be well rid of this individual – time is short and the next time he makes a useful decision will be the first time. How much longer can we afford these mistakes?Mark these words;- He will be found out for what he really is!!!!!!!!! Still can’t figure why so many folks hero worship this crazy lying machine, who has just today attempted to [expletive deleted] the Swedish people. I wonder if they also fell for his double talk and astonishing arrogance in perceiving all others to be fools. He once said: The buck stops here – where exactly is here? Somewhere in a secret place that only he, Holder and the Clintons know about. God help us all.

    • ibn insha

      Why did not anybody suggested to him to blame it on Bush?

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Is it not apparent by now–five years into this administration’s rhetoric–that this president will not be brought up on anything he stated before? It is simply blowing in the wind and no clothespin will attach to it! Research “narcissism,” and you will know why his previous statements matter not to him. He is the world!
    If Republicans do not reject this, then we will be assured of what we already know–they have no spines!

  • de

    It is like a game of chess relay, when we were not looking the Board changed, the players changes, the plays changed. Freedom has been checkmated by liers, cheats and better strategists with an agenda

  • jaybird

    I have said it before, “he is a snake, smiling, forked tongue, weaving and bobbing, waving his hands around charming the majority of the people.” They must have blinders on cause I just don’t get how they can believe what he says or how they want the world that he is forming. There is evil at work in America.

  • ibn insha

    There is nothing in this universe that you can do or say to embarrass Democrats or our current president, Mr. Obama. I did not hear any world leader mention any red line about Syria but Mr. Obama and now he is retreating from making that statement. In order to save face he has been blaming everybody like a 5 years old child. When would he learn when not to open his mouth and take responsibility when an error is made?