At a news conference today, President Obama blamed Congress and then the world for setting the red line that got us into this mess in Syria.
“Let me unpack the question. First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red line when it indicated that in a piece of legislation entitled the ‘Syria Accountability Act’ that some of the horrendous things happening on the ground there need to be answered for. So, when I said in a press conference that my calculus about what’s happening in Syria would be altered by the use of chemical weapons, which the overwhelming consensus of humanity says is wrong, that wasn’t something I just kind of made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. There’s a reason for it.”Does the President really think American's are that stupid (OK they did vote for him twice but besides that). Let's Look at the record:
Let's Start with his August 20, 2012 presser when he said among other things, "We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly.”
Now that didn't seem like he was picking up the cue from somebody else.
In April of this year Press Secretary Jay Carny was asked about the red line:
The President has made clear, as he did again Friday, that the use of chemical weapons or the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups would cross a red line. What we have made clear, and we can go over it again, is that we have established with varying degrees of confidence that there have been incidents of chemical weapons used, sarin, in particular, in a limited fashion in Syria. We are now working to build upon that evidence to increase the amount of evidence to find specifically what happened, what occurred, who was responsible and build that case, if you will.”
Now if Carney's statement was in error it would have been corrected, but a few weeks later,In May 2013 Jay Carney was asked if the President really meant it when he said chemical weapons were a red line..Carny was as definitive as he ever gets when he answered “The President’s use of the term red line was deliberate and was based on U.S. policy. Notice he didn't say congressional policy or world policy. Later in the same briefing Carny said "Well, what the President made clear is that it was a red line and that it was unacceptable and that it would change his calculus as he viewed the situation in Syria because the use of chemical weapons represents the kind of escalation and threat that I just described.”
There are plenty more examples but this president, as he has done since he arrived on the National Stage is lying to the people. In the case of Syria, to paraphrase the great legal scholar Judge Judy, Obama is peeing on our legs and telling us its raining. The question is, will the mainstream media let him get away with it?