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#3239306 - 05/05/13 09:46 AM erasing Obama's "Red line"
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Confronted with evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, President Obama now finds himself in a geopolitical box, his credibility at stake with frustratingly few good options.

The origins of this dilemma can be traced in large part to a weekend last August, when alarming intelligence reports suggested the besieged Syrian government might be preparing to use chemical weapons. After months of keeping a distance from the conflict, Mr. Obama felt he had to become more directly engaged.

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.

“The idea was to put a chill into the Assad regime without actually trapping the president into any predetermined action,” said one senior official, who, like others, discussed the internal debate on the condition of anonymity. But “what the president said in August was unscripted,” another official said. Mr. Obama was thinking of a chemical attack that would cause mass fatalities, not relatively small-scale episodes like those now being investigated, except the “nuance got completely dropped.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/world/...-spot.html?_r=0

“I’m not convinced it was thought through,” said Barry Pavel, a former defense policy adviser to Mr. Obama who is now at the Atlantic Council. “I’m worried about the broader damage to U.S. credibility if we make a statement and then come back with lawyerly language to get around it.”
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#3239472 - 05/05/13 12:44 PM Re: erasing Obama's "Red line" [Re: Crappie Luck]
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As always, zerO proves he is not fit to be the leader of a girl scout troop, let alone a nation.

Remember when the U.S. was respected and our word carried some weight?
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#3239478 - 05/05/13 12:53 PM Re: erasing Obama's "Red line" [Re: BMan]
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As always, zerO proves he is not fit to be the leader of a girl scout troop, let alone a nation.


Well said !!!!!

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#3239507 - 05/05/13 01:32 PM Re: erasing Obama's "Red line" [Re: BMan]
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 Originally Posted By: BMan
As always, zerO proves he is not fit to be the leader of a girl scout troop,



of course he isn't. the girl scouts have ethics and morals.
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