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Obama warns Assad U.S. could act
Reuters ^ | August. 20, 2012

Posted on 08/20/2012 4:07:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - U.S. forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Barack Obama warned, notably if he deploys his chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

In some of his strongest language yet on Syria, on a day when U.N. observers pulled out after a fruitless bid for peace and Assad's forces mounted new attacks, the U.S. leader said Assad faced "enormous consequences" if he crossed a "red line" of even moving unconventional weapons in a threatening manner.

Seeking re-election in November, Obama noted that he had refrained "at this point" from ordering U.S. military engagement in Syria. But when he was asked at a White House news conference whether he might deploy forces, for example to secure Syrian chemical and biological weapons, he said his view could change.

"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," Obama said. "That would change my calculus."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 08/20/2012 4:07:47 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Did Obama check with Vlad before he made these remarks? He might be told he needs to play the back nine again.
2 posted on 08/20/2012 4:11:42 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Oh Lordy, maybe he’s going to have sanctions, or worse turn them in to the UN (again!). I’m so worried!!


3 posted on 08/20/2012 4:13:58 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (The hotter the TEA, the stronger......and I'm boiling!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The probability of Obama attacking Syria is directly proportional to the probability of Obama losing the election to Romney.


4 posted on 08/20/2012 4:15:34 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LOL

The mohammedan will do nothing!

5 posted on 08/20/2012 4:15:58 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"the U.S. leader said Assad faced "enormous consequences" if he crossed a "red line" of even moving unconventional weapons in a threatening manner."

uh oh Assad is REALLY going to get it now!
6 posted on 08/20/2012 4:16:38 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Free ThinkerNY; TigersEye; Fred Nerks

But yu see, the Dems said that the weapons of mass destructio did not exist in Iraq. Everyone knew that theRussians had moved them to Syria, and now here they are, tweeking Obamas cheek in defiance.

WHAT ABOUT SAYING.....”George Bush was right!”
Obama would rather just sabre rattle and do his hissy fit imitation, when in fact it was the Dems in Congress who prevented the Coalition Forces from pursuing the exodus of weapons of mass destruction into Syria in the first place.

What a load of crap Obama is now pulling, it was he as a Senator and his Dem friends who created these conditions in the first place!


7 posted on 08/20/2012 4:17:46 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LOL, Obama could warn them that this administration is going to stop lying and do what is best for the United States too. It still isn’t going to happen.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 4:18:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Americans want what Americans always wanted: Better lives for families; little government authority.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gosh, I bet he’s pooping in his pants.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 4:18:35 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Which group of bad guys will be our allies?


10 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:25 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

> Obama warns Assad U.S. could act

Does he have Hillary’s permission to make such bold threats? And of his wife’s, his daughters’, and of all the women and feminized males who dominate him?


11 posted on 08/20/2012 4:25:48 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obammy is a p-poor actor.


12 posted on 08/20/2012 4:26:01 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All joking aside for the moment...I thought something was up, since this is the FIRST news conference he’s had with the White House press Corps in months!

His “intentions” make for good soundbites, cause Lord knows we can NOT have these weapons, (many left over from Saddam’s reign of terror), falling into Al Qaida’s hands, but...if he is doing this simply to pick a fight to look “Presidential” before the elections he better do it with NO casualties, or he’ll be tarred and feathered, as well as being tossed out of office, at the very least!


13 posted on 08/20/2012 4:30:43 PM PDT by NCDragon (If you can't stand behind the troops, try standing in front of them!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Could act, but won’t. The whole world knows Obastard is a hand-wringing gutless wimp.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 4:33:06 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’ll old limp-d**k do?

F*rt in their general direction?


15 posted on 08/20/2012 4:35:22 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Nobody believes anything he says anymore. Not good especially in foreign and military affairs.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 4:35:39 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Cut him some slack. He’s just trying to advance the caliphate . . . er Arab Spring movement. Look how well it’s working out in Egypt!


17 posted on 08/20/2012 4:36:02 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a ******g joke.

Obama didn’t warn any body about anything. He merely prattled on like the pacifist coward he is and said nothing.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 4:36:23 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
We were on the wrong side with Egypt *and* Libya....I guess Osama’s going for the trifecta.
19 posted on 08/20/2012 4:38:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
U.S. forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Barack Obama warned, notably if he deploys his chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

2 words - October Surprise!

20 posted on 08/20/2012 4:38:32 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Like the idiot can even do calculus...


21 posted on 08/20/2012 4:39:32 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Assad, you got two options.....don't use chemical weapons and terrorist will defeat you and take over your regime. OR, use chemical weapons and 0bama may help terrorists defeat you and take over your regime.

My vote is option 2 as well, more terrorists die in this instance.

22 posted on 08/20/2012 4:41:05 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: hattend

Yup.


23 posted on 08/20/2012 4:42:25 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: forgotten man
Which group of bad guys will be our allies?

Once again, he is taking the side of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.

This shit just blows me away. We're supplying anti-aircraft missiles and assistance to Al Qaeda!

24 posted on 08/20/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: montomike

Right. Notice how he says “ . . . MY calculus. As if! He’ll need authorization from the UN (that could take months) and Congress (tee hee)


25 posted on 08/20/2012 4:51:08 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: beethovenfan
Could act, but won’t

You may be VERY wrong. This is his chance to commit our forces to save the world... and golly.. just in time for a bump in the polls and with this electorate.

As was mentioned, he hasn't had a press conference since January and now he is????? The timing reeks of a sad and very bad attempt to look presidential.

What a pathetic attempt... now to see how many of the electorate are sucked in.

26 posted on 08/20/2012 5:13:27 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Repeat Offender
Assad, you got two options...

A third option leaves Assad in power: Move chemical weapons to the Israeli border and threaten Israel. If convincing, zer0 will find some back-hand way to help Assad, as it would change the "calculus".

27 posted on 08/20/2012 5:16:52 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hey oblowhard, why don’t you warn Ammahandjob to back off or the US might act.

You have already lost Eqypt to the savages...

Gawd, what a reprehensible pos.


28 posted on 08/20/2012 5:19:21 PM PDT by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why don’t you tell him the date and time, and method of attack while you’re at it Barry.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 5:20:34 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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Obama bows down to Saudi King | American Thinker | April 02, 2009 | Clarice Feldman | Posted on 04/02/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by rdb3
Obama bows down to Saudi King | American Thinker | April 02, 2009 | Clarice Feldman | Posted on 04/02/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by rdb3

30 posted on 08/20/2012 5:21:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama wants the US into this mess so badly he is about to soil himself.

His Muslim friends need help, so they can get into power and kill Christians.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 5:21:28 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

October Surprise? Will Obama start a war with Syria or Iran in order to secure the presidency?


32 posted on 08/20/2012 5:21:54 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.


33 posted on 08/20/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: realcleanguy
Will Obama start a war with Syria or Iran in order to secure the presidency?

Syria, no doubt. It complicates the Israeli position and it supports the Sunni Muslims. And he has already tipped his hand as to how we will get involved. Using his superb intellect, Obama solved numerous difficult calculus equations, and determined the red line was Assad using chemical WMD on the rebels. So, Obama will supply the Rebels with chemical WMD and have them fire it at civilians. Then Obama and his sycophant press will blame the attack on Assad. They have already done similar false blame games numerous times. And there are reports that Chemical WMD from Libya has already gotten into terrorist ... ooops... I mean rebel hands.

34 posted on 08/20/2012 5:48:37 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Free ThinkerNY
They're getting better at the game.

Talk tough and look Presidential for the cameras, while in reality doing nothing. Rattle the saber, maybe blow up a ten-dollar tent or two. No real damage, and the Muzzies know it.After November 7, it's back to normal.

Why did I say they're getting better? This time they checked for open mikes.

35 posted on 08/20/2012 5:53:36 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As if President Hussein hasn’t already f***ed up the Middle East sufficiently with his whole Arab Spring nonsense.


36 posted on 08/20/2012 5:59:12 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And Obama knows about Syrian WMDs how? Will Valerie Jarrett let him attack?


37 posted on 08/20/2012 7:23:35 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: beethovenfan
Could act, but won’t. The whole world knows Obastard is a hand-wringing gutless wimp.

I wish I shared your confidence, but he did get us involved in another undeclared war not too long ago, against Libya, and he supported the "rebels" in Egypt.

Obama wants to help overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran, and the man could get us into war with one or both, and he's got plenty of Democrats who opposed the war in Afghanistan, but who would gladly send our troops off to Syria and Iran.

Look at the past two years: Libyan, Tunisian, Yemen, Egyptian governmets overthrown. Jordan, Sudan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman governments shaken up.

Obama got us into Libya, don't be surprised if he gets us into Syria, and then Iran (since Iran is helping prop up the Syrian government). Lot of idiots out there think a war against Syria and/or Iran would be easy, and it is an election year.
38 posted on 08/20/2012 8:21:16 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Venturer
Obama wants the US into this mess so badly he is about to soil himself.

He has been wanting to get us in a war with Syria and Iran for a while now. It's just a matter of what pretext he uses. I guess it's chemical weapons now.
39 posted on 08/20/2012 8:23:54 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’s mac dadd going to do, send him a strongly worded e-mail, all caps and bold type, letting him know that if does not stop murdering his people he will throw himself onto the flood, kick his feet and scream like a spoiled child?


40 posted on 08/20/2012 11:54:51 PM PDT by chiefqc
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All depends on the POTUS polling numbers...


41 posted on 08/21/2012 12:16:07 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"That would change my calculus." Yours or Valeries?
42 posted on 08/21/2012 8:52:40 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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