President Barack Obama has repeated for at least 8 months that the use of chemical or biological warfare by Syria would be considered a “red line” and a “game changer,” triggering U.S. intervention in that country’s civil war. Now that that line has been crossed and the president appears to be waffling, can the world continue to trust the time-honored word of the United States?
The president made his position with respect to Syria crystal clear in August.
“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” he told reporters at the White House according to CNN.
“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.”
Within the last 24 hours, evidence has reached the White House that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime, but there has been no action coming from the president. Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle are wondering if the president has developed cold feet.
“The Syrians crossed the line the president had said would be a game changer,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. told reporters according to Bloomberg.com. The ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel of New York said that it’s “time for the U.S. and our allies to immediately arm” the Syrian opposition.
So far, little other than the sound of crickets has emerged from the White House.
The following is a Wolf Blitzer CNN report on the evidence that Sarin gas was used by the Assad regime. In the second video, Charles Krauthammer submits that if the president doesn’t act, the president — and indeed the United States, will have lost all semblance of credibility.
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