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Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

President Obama attempts to backpedal on red line, ‘I didn’t set a red line’

President Obama’s “red line” on Syria isn’t quite as straightforward as it’s been made out to be.

President Obama big smile laughThe president is facing a complicated decision on Syria. With the White House now expressing “very little doubt” that the regime of Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack

“First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line,” Obama said, despite his statement a year ago.

“So when I said that my calculus would be altered by chemical weapons, which the overall consensus of humanity says is wrong — that’s not something I just made up. I didn’t pick it out of thin air,” Obama said. “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’s credibility’s on the line.”

Now if we rewind the clock: “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,” the president said a year ago last week. “That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

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