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Obama on Syria Red Line: ‘We Typically Follow Through With Our Commitments’


President Obama once again underscored his red line on Syria today during a joint press conference with South Korea president Park Geun Hye, and appeared to send a warning to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad that the United States is not backing down.

“I would just point out that there have been several instances during the course of my presidency where I said I was going to do something, and it ended up getting done,” Obama told reporters. “In the end — whether it’s bin Laden or Qaddafi — if we say we’re taking a position, I would think at this point the international community has a pretty good sense that we typically follow through with our commitments,” he added.

At this point, however, the president said that we have only seen “a perceived crossing of a red line,” and that the administration is seeking more information about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.