So much for President Obama’s “red lines,” warnings to Iran that “I don’t bluff,” and any other bluster emanating from the West Wing.
Turns out the president lacks credibility when he plays the tough guy. Israel should be nervous.
In a New York Times piece, David Sanger notes that Obama conveniently erased his red line on Syria and moved it – well, somewhere.
Here’s what he said August 20:
We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. 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.
Well, chemical weapons are “moving around” in Syria, and Obama still seems to be doing his calculus. The witches and warlocks of the Damascus regime are bent over their cauldrons mixing up batches of nasty stuff to use against their own people.
A White House spokesman says by “moving around,” Obama meant moving the weapons to extremist groups like Hezbollah. Not likely, suggests Sanger:
When Mr. Obama warned against moving chemical weapons, administration officials said he did not mean shifting the weapons from one site to another, which has happened several times, but preparing them for use. But in recent days, that is exactly what intelligence agencies fear has happened.
I suppose Obama wants now to wait until a few thousand Syrians have experienced excruciating deaths at the hands of these weapons before acting.
And perhaps we’ll deprive Iran of its nuclear weapons after Tel Aviv has found itself on the wrong end of a nuclear armed medium-range missle.