Obama: Global Credibility at Stake in Syria

'I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line,' president says

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that nothing less than the entire international community’s credibility is at stake in the debate over whether Syria’s government will face consequences for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

“My credibility is not on the line,” Obama said during a joint news conference in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. “The international community’s credibility is on the line and America’s and Congress’ credibility is on the line.”

Pushing back against the idea that he’s pursuing military action against Syrian strongman Bashar Assad because he had previously called the use of chemical weapons a “red line,” Obama said there’s a clear historical precedent for not tolerating a government using such weapons against its own citizens.

“I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line,” Obama said.

And in an ominous reference to the millions of people slaughtered during the Holocaust, Obama added: “People in Europe are certainly familiar with what happens when the international community decides not to act.”

Obama, who is seeking congressional support for a military response to an attack last month in which Assad’s government is said to have killed hundreds with chemical weapons, insisted that he made “every effort to support diplomacy.”

“I do think that we have to act, because if we don’t… somebody who is not shamed by resolutions can continue to act with impunity.”

10 comments
Yoshi
Yoshi

The White House web site says the exact opposite.

the President has set a clear red line as it relates to the United States that the use of chemical weapons

the people in Syria and the Assad regime should know that the President means what he says when he set that red line.  And keep in mind, he is the one who laid down that marker.

seeseebutler
seeseebutler

Obama points the finger at Congress for his own incompetence. Pathetic yet predictable.

fgoodwin
fgoodwin like.author.displayName 1 Like

@seeseebutler A week ago my fellow Republicans were saying Obama could not act w/o Congressional approval.  So he goes to Congress and now he's called incompetent & pathetic.  I don't understand what my fellow Republicans and Conservatives want?

JVillatoroS
JVillatoroS

@nicholasvirzi @TIME because the world minds there own business, there is no need for another War!

nicholasvirzi
nicholasvirzi

@JVillatoroS @TIME STARTING a war isn't the issue; there's already a war in Syria. Issue is if 100,000 dead matter outside Syria. U say no?

JVillatoroS
JVillatoroS

@nicholasvirzi @JVillatoroS @TIME it does matter but U really want another war? That could lead to WW3? Let them take out the goverment only

nicholasvirzi
nicholasvirzi

@JVillatoroS ousting Assad solves nothing. Power struggle between Jihadists & secular Baathists continues. Might be better to let 'em bleed

nicholasvirzi
nicholasvirzi

@JVillatoroS If Iran attacks Israel they will give Israel just the excuse that they need to devastate Iran's nuclear capabilities

nicholasvirzi
nicholasvirzi

@JVillatoroS won't be World War III. If US goes in, Russia won't; like in Iraq/Afghanistan. & Israel already bombed Syria 3x this year