Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Obama: "I Didn't Draw Any Red Lines, It's Not My Fault'
Nothing, you see, is ever President Obama's fault. Nothing.
In response to a question on his red lines and whether his credibility was st stake , from a reporter, here's what this president had to say:
STEVE HOLLAND, REUTERS: 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 thing 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 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 was 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' credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
You see, he never said anything about how using or transporting chemical weapons would be a 'red line' for him. Oh wait, he did:
"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."
Isn't it cute the way he personalized it? Back then, they were HIS 'calculations', HIS equation, HIS red line. Now, as he tries to later horse manure on the past once again, its those evil racist Republicans in Congress whose credibility is on the line, because you see, like everything else it's not his fault, but someone else's.
Whatever happened to the presidential candidate who bashed a sitting president, running his mouth about 'the global test' and 'a consensus of the international community'? Based on where the UN, the Brits and the French are,the last thing the guy who voiced those principles ought to be doing is beating war drums. Even the Canadians and Australians have said no to this one, that's how stupid and ill conceived it is.
President Obama's argument on humanitarian grounds is so bogus it emits a stench all its own. This is the same president who did nothing while Syria's Christians were ethnically cleansed by the insurgents he now wants us to wage war for, who did absolutely nothing to stop the carnage in Darfur by Sudan, even though the Sudan's president is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. This is the same president who looks the other way at the gulags in Iran and North Korea, who ignored Iran's dissidents when they begged for help overthrowing the Ayatollahs.
And it wasn't so long ago that Basher Assad was a 'reformer' 'a great leader' and that John Kerry was saying that 'the road to peace leads through Damascus.'
But now,because it's politically expedient,because his ego is on the line and because he, as always, wants to help out and abet the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power, this president suddenly wants to get America in another war...which of course will also not be his fault.
Even a puppy in the process of being house trained has the sense of shame and embarrassment to look guilty when you catch him in the act of making a mess on the carpet.Our president has not yet reached even that level of accountability.
A real leader would never have made asinine statements that would lock him in like that. strategically. No leader with a basic sense of personal responsibility would try to blame others for it.
Instead, what we have is President Barack Obama.