President Abdicates Responsibility for His Personal Red Line
The president is clever, but in a disturbing way:
1. In the heat of an election race, the president invented a red line where none existed before. For instance, from 1983 to 1988, Iraq and Iran in their war used hundreds of chemical weapons — and President Reagan did nothing. This is Obama’s personal red line.
2. He has proposed a limited strike (≈150 cruise missiles) that will kill thousands of people, but not kill Assad or drive him from power. That is not a strategy; it is an act of pique.
3. In 2011, he bombed Libya for six months and never asked Congress. But now he has abdicated responsibility for his own red line, and dramatically escalated the stakes.
4. He is trying to make his personal mistake appear to be a matter of national honor. The more it is portrayed as such, the more agonizing the vote.