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Q Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, sir. Have you made up your mind whether to take action against Syria whether or not you have a congressional resolution approved? Is a strike needed in order to preserve your credibility for when you set these sort of red lines? And were you able to enlist the support of the Prime Minister here for support in Syria?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: 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 titled the Syria Accountability Act -- that some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for.
And so when I said in a press conference that my calculus about what’s happening in Syria would be altered by the use of the 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. That’s point number one.
Point number two -- my credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’s credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
And when those videos first broke and you saw images of over 400 children subjected to gas, everybody expressed outrage: How can this happen in this modern world? Well, it happened because a government chose to deploy these deadly weapons on civilian populations. And so the question is, how credible is the international community when it says this is an international norm that has to be observed? The question is, how credible is Congress when it passes a treaty saying we have to forbid the use of chemical weapons?
Well now the president is saying he never used the term red line. He's saying that the world used the term red line. So, it's taken him five years, but finally the guy has learned how to bullshit.
~ David Letterman, via Real Clear Politics
President Obama lied. Syrian kids have died. So is it a Red Line or not?
This President and his minions are rank amateurs. They’ve never looked more inept.
- Melissa Clouthier on Gateway Pundit
He did say it. . . . This President has tried to find a way to blame anybody or everybody for everything. And leadership requires that you stand up, take a position, provide clarity and take responsibility. I can't imagine him saying he didn't draw the red line. But he did draw the red line. We have ears.
. . . There's no question that the leadership, or lack of leadership has driven the country into a cul-de-sac. And that's not a good place to be.
~ Donald Rumsfeld in Fox News Interview with Greta Van Susteren
Ah! See? The red line! You can't use chemicals to kill your own people! You have to do it organically. America and the world want to make sure Assad only uses locally sourced free long range land ordinance.
...Oh right, we have to bomb Syria because we're in 7th grade. And the red line that they crossed is actually dick-measuring ribbon.
~ Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, via About.com
Jon Stewart Slams Syrian Red Line, Begs Cable News 'Idiot Parade' to 'Shut the F*ck Up' #Syria https://t.co/7lU8ROIFHP
— Tom (@abongoman) September 5, 2013
So, it doesn't matter. He didn't set the red line. (interruption) It is. It's hilarious, it's absurd, and it typifies exactly what we know. It's a Limbaugh theorem. It is the Limbaugh theorem. (Obama impression) "Well, I didn't do that! You didn't build it! I didn't set the red line; the world did." Believe me, if he could have blamed Bush for it, he would have. But I think even he knew that that might not fly. So blame it on the world.
~ Rush Limbaugh
Obama never should have set a red line in Syria in the first place, and once he did he should simply have found a way to weasel out of it. It's not that hard. Sure, the forever-hawks would have squealed, but they were going to squeal about anything short of Iraq 2.0 no matter what. So who cares what they think?
As near as I can tell, after five years Obama has been entirely captured by the national security establishment. It's a damn shame.
~ Kevin Drum on Mother Jones
What it says to me is that the president gets lost when he doesn't have a teleprompter in front of him, which he obviously didn't last year. It's somewhat mystifying.
Maybe the president needs to go back and look at what he said a year ago,’ but he was very clear. It was not Congress that was drawing a red line. 'I have a red line.’ So I don’t know that he’s necessarily thrown Congress under the bus, but he sure punted the ball to Congress as opposed to go taking the type of leadership that we normally see out of a Commander in Chief.
~ Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Swedish reporter asks Obama to address "dilemma" between being Nobel Peace Prize winner and getting ready to attack Syria.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 4, 2013
Rush: Media Is Trying To ‘Protect’ Obama From His Own ‘Red Line’ in Syria http://t.co/GRaMzSDQ05
— Alexandria (@InfidelAlie) August 27, 2013
At the G-20 Putin drew a red line on the floor and taunted Obama, "What're you gonna do, ask Congress to vote on a resolution? Ha ha."
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) September 6, 2013
The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria,fix U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
Every time POTUS talks about military strike against Syria he looks like he's in a hostage video.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 4, 2013
Obama now blames Congress for Syria and "Red line" comment? What a pansy girly boy with no leadership skills or backbone. Mr. Jellyfish.
— Bill Hoffman (@BillWrh1970) September 5, 2013
In my alternate history novel "God Bless President Romney," today's the day VP Ryan makes his "red line" speech from his treadmill desk.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 5, 2013
Great idea for a new game show: Whose Red Line Is It Anyway? #Syria #Obama @guypbenson @stephenfhayes @conncarroll @TheStalwart
— Lee C Eldridge (@LeeCEldridge) September 5, 2013
@ritaag @Brwnizofmine @thomasroberts Explained 2 @JoeNBC we are here bc of chem weapons treaty Syria didn't sign not bc Pres said redline
— Stephanie Green (@stefsstuff) September 5, 2013
.@Morning_Joe .@morningmika .@jheil .@GovHowardDean .@thomasroberts "he said red line!" sounds like schoolyard poor losers chant.
— sharon stillson (@stillonline) September 5, 2013
Btw, @chucktodd, the "red line is int'l law" idea has been in play all summer. You may want to acquaint yourself w/ http://t.co/5SYJ1KMmej.
— Ethan Peretz (@MperiousRex) September 4, 2013
No dead kids for Obama's Red Line Ego. #syria #tcot
— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) September 5, 2013
Before He Was Against It, Paul Ryan Agreed with Obama on Syria http://t.co/s4ETwQGE37 via @politicususa
— UltraVerified (@UltraVerified) September 5, 2013
.@RepMikeRogers: "Listen, the president got himself in a bit of a box when he drew a red line on chemical weapons" #Syria #AMR @msnbc now
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 29, 2013
Iranian military chief warns against U.S. crossing Syria 'red line' http://t.co/8UZLvF4NYg pic.twitter.com/C2MkwSuem2
— AboveTopSecret (@AboveTopSecret) August 28, 2013
Obama Has Reached His High Water Mark. His Bold Face Lying On Everything From ObamaCare To Syria and His Red Line...??? Time To Impeach..!!
— Levi Walkingbear (@walking1bear) September 5, 2013
Obama Drew A “Red Line” In Syria Before He Didn’t… Suffering from Terminal Amnesia❗http://t.co/v9V9ipiJCr
— MONICA (@LeMarquand) September 5, 2013
Seems everyone was for a 'red line' until Assad treated it like Motown 25 and moonwalked all over it. #EhHehOoooo! Just an observation.— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) September 5, 2013
When everyone -- including the 2 presidential tickets -- agreed on a 'red line' for Syria back in 2012 http://t.co/bT00jdYPyc
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) September 5, 2013