President Obama’s “red line” with respect to the conflict in Syria “was apparently written in disappearing ink,” Senator John McCain said Sunday.
In August 2012, the president said that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a “red line” that would compel the United States to take further action. That line is widely believed to have been crossed, yet the administration has “failed to act,” McCain said. Meanwhile, the Israeli air force has taken action, launching a series of airstrikes within Syria aimed over the past several days.
“Firstly, he never should have drawn the red line. Second of all, the red lines were a green light to Bassar al-Assad to do anything short of that,” McCain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. ”Chemical weapons are terrible, but isn’t it pretty terrible when you launch Scud missiles against your own people, when you massacre over 70,000 people, drive a million into refugee camps? Those seem to have been acceptable to this administration, and it’s deplorable.“