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Historical Revisionism on Who Set Syria’s ‘Red Line’



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Obama, speaking in Sweden this morning: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

Funny, that’s not how he put it at the time:

I have at this point not ordered military 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 fall 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.

Don’t look for video of Obama’s “red line” statement on the White House web site:

A closer look, showing video of Obama’s “red line” statement does not come up in searches of the White House web site:

And you thought those lines were blurred before.


Tags: Barack Obama , Syria


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