Obozo is a lot like a 13-year-old whose first weapon in his arsenal is the lie. The “red line” has come back to haunt him. So guess what? He never said it.
“First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” Barack Obama said [Wednesday] at a press conference in Stockholm. “The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are [sic] abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war.”
Except that he did set a red line, specifically, way back on August 20, 2012.
“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. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
He didn’t just say it once and let it go. His own spokesfolk were later authorized to underline it:
“‘We go on to reaffirm that the President has set a clear red line as it relates to the United States that the use of chemical weapons . . . is a red line that is not acceptable to us, nor should it be to the international community,’ an unnamed ‘White House official’ said during introductory remarks in an April 25, 2013 conference call with reporters.
“‘Lest there be any question, the official went on to say in response to a question: ‘The people in Syria and the Assad regime should know that the President means what he says when he set that red line. And keep in mind, he is the one who laid down that marker.'”
Until President-Pass-the-Buck decided that his red line not only made him look stupid but committed him to something he really doesn’t want to do. Then—presto chango!—he never said it.
Except when he did. Has he now made his mendacity perfectly clear?