December 10, 2012

Obama's Shifting 'Red Line'

Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

AP Photo

Judging by his old "red line" on Syria, the one that was convenient until it wasn't, President Obama's "calculus" with respect to the humanitarian calamity in Syria has changed multiple times already. In August he said this: “A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” Then his Defense Secretary Leon Panetta admitted at a Pentagon press conference in September that the United States had lost track of some Syria’s chemical weapons. Now NBC News and Wired magazine have reported that U.S. officials believe that the precursors for sarin gas have been combined and loaded into aerial bombs (albeit not yet onto aircraft), where they await Bashar al-Assad’s personal order for deployment. Panetta, who I hope...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Bashar al-Assad, chemical weapons, Middle East, Syria, Barack Obama

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

December 5, 2012
How Would Assad Use Chemical Weapons?
Jeffrey White, Wash Institute
Amid new chemical weapons activity in Syria, Washington must prepare for the practical implications of acting on its warnings. more ››
December 4, 2012
Why Draw the Line at Chemical Weapons?
Max Boot, Contentions
  I am not objecting to the tough stance the administration is taking on chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime. I just wish its outrage–combined with the willingness to act–extended to all the other horrifying and... more ››
December 3, 2012
Syria Prepping Chemical Weapons
Shachtman & Ackerman, Danger Room
Engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, an American official with knowledge of the situation tells Danger Room. International observers are... more ››
December 5, 2012
Bashar al-Assad's Last Stand
The Guardian
Over 20 months into this conflict, there are signs that Russia is having second thoughts. more ››
December 5, 2012
Is Russia About to Ditch Syria? Does It Matter?
Mark Adomanis, Forbes
I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read which basically say “overthrow Assad now and then we’ll worry about the rest later.” The Russians are perfectly right to point out that such a... more ››