Yesterday, at a press conference in Stockholm, the President insisted that he did not set “the red line.”
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 [inaudible] 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 entitled the Syria Accountability Act that some of the horrendous things happening on the ground there need to be answered for. 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’s a reason for it.
How long before we see the President actually say this:
While the President, as stated by the Wall Street Journal:
isn’t easy to follow up San Juan Hill, or for that matter even Capitol Hill. Rather than walk point on national security, he prefers to blend in with the enlisted men and women.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday approved a resolution allowing the President to launch airstrikes for up to 90 days in order to degrade Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons. It also prohibits the deployment of U.S. military forces in Syria for the purpose of “combat operations.” The vote was 10-7 not along party lines.
John McCain(R), Jeff Flake(R), Bob Corker(R), Bob Menendez(D), Barbara Boxer(D), Dick Durbin(D), Ben Cardin(D), Chris Coons(D), Tim Kaine(D), and Jeanne Shaheen(D)
Chris Murphy(D), Mark Udall(D), Rand Paul(R), Marco Rubio(R), Jim Risch(R), Ron Johnson(R), and John Barrasso(R)
The resolution will require 60 votes to pass in the Senate.
Also, at the hearing held by the House Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, admitted he does not trust the Syrian rebels, the group we are helping.
Well….isn’t that special!
This really is just one big clusterfark.
But hey the President didn’t do this!