Obama: ‘That Red Line Wasn’t Mine’
For people like me who thought President Barack Obama was not a well-qualified candidate for the highest office in the land in 2008, the ridiculousness that is our foreign policy is not surprising.
Indeed, this was all very much expected. Even by Democrats.
Remember that Hillary Clinton ad about the 3:00 a.m. call? The critique was spot on.
Barack Obama did not have the experience or expertise necessary to handle foreign diplomacy. Clinton’s team knew it. We’ve seen evidence of it throughout the past five years.
And this Syria Affair is a prime example. It’s the apex of asshattery.
Blurry red lines
It did exactly what the President’s advisors were trying to avoid:
In a frenetic series of meetings, the White House devised a 48-hour plan to deter President Bashar al-Assad of Syria by using intermediaries like Russia and Iran to send a message that one official summarized as, “Are you crazy?” But when Mr. Obama emerged to issue the public version of the warning, he went further than many aides realized he would.
Moving or using large quantities of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and “change my calculus,” the president declared in response to a question at a news conference, to the surprise of some of the advisers who had attended the weekend meetings and wondered where the “red line” came from. With such an evocative phrase, the president had defined his policy in a way some advisers wish they could take back.
And today in Sweden, President Leads-From-Behind said it wasn’t HIS red line at all:
President Obama declared Wednesday that the confrontation with Syria over chemical weapons was not a personal test for him but for Congress, the country and the world, as he worked to shore up support at home and abroad for a punitive strike.
“I didn’t set a red line,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference here. “The world set a red line.” He added: “My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility’s on the line. And America and Congress’s credibility’s on the line.”
What the %$*#?!?!
Can we pretend for just one hour that President Nuance is a Republican? Just for one hour. Let the media tear him apart as they would if he were on Team GOP. They can get back on his lap after an hour.
But no, he’s the poor, tortured President of Peace. He’s being FORCED into this go-it-alone strategy by the rest of the world. Or something.
They think we’re stupid
The whole Syria Affair has made it obvious what the political class thinks of the general public.
These so-called elites think we’re stupid.
It’s why we were treated to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee spectacle yesterday where John Kerry and Chuck Hagel used the Bush Administration arguments for war in Iraq to defend dropping bombs on Syria. Kerry and Hagel were two of the leading voices against the Iraq War (at least when Bush was prosecuting it).
Hell, these two rocket scientists wrote an op-ed together calling for talks with Assad.
It’s why President Cruise Missile can say this isn’t a test of HIS credibility for running his mouth about red lines, but a test of Congress’ credibility for not backing up his verbal diarrhea.
One bright spot: Sen. Rand Paul has offered an amendment that would declare the President to be in violation of the US Constitution if he were to ignore a Congressional rejection and attack Syria anyway.
Sen. Paul might be readying another filibuster on this matter.
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