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The Editors: Al-Assad has crossed the red line. What does that mean for the U.S.?
National Review ^ | May 3, 2013 | National Review

Posted on 05/03/2013 7:20:43 AM PDT by National Review

Al-Assad Crosses the Red Line

President Obama has made a memorable contribution to the annals of worthless diplomatic ultimatums with his infamous “red line” warning to Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons. It would be “totally unacceptable,” a “game-changer,” and bring “consequences.” He said all of this apparently believing he could scare Assad off using such weapons and giving nary a thought to what he would do if Assad defied his threats.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapons; redline; syria; syriaredline

1 posted on 05/03/2013 7:20:43 AM PDT by National Review
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To: National Review

That was Obama’s red line... BFD.

Stay out of Syria... it’s not our fight.


2 posted on 05/03/2013 7:22:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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3 posted on 05/03/2013 7:23:01 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: National Review

That was just the red line. Then there’s the purple line and the blue line and the... well, there are a lot of lines. And you better not cross them, or you’ll be sorry. Really.


4 posted on 05/03/2013 7:24:45 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: ScottinVA

+1


5 posted on 05/03/2013 7:25:28 AM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: National Review

Six more weeks of Obama dithering.


6 posted on 05/03/2013 7:28:13 AM PDT by hometoroost
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7 posted on 05/03/2013 7:31:12 AM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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Well, just as well, since the rebels are far worse than Assad. Let’s stay the hell out of this.

In fact, it kind of surprises me he hasn’t already intervened more openly, since he loves to go in on the wrong side and get our troops killed with his Muslim Rules of Engagement (e.g., infidels aren’t allowed to fight back).


8 posted on 05/03/2013 7:33:09 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: National Review

No one cares about what the Obamadork says.

No one gives a smelly Obama about what the Obamadork does.

Our friends regard the Obamadork as a spineless limp-d*cked dork.

Our enemies regard the Obamadork as a chicken-lips limp-d*cked dork.

Face it, oh naive liberals, YOUR president is measurably the least qualified national leader in the entire multiverse.


9 posted on 05/03/2013 7:34:19 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: McGruff

Panetta will send another tersely worded ‘post-it’ note , just like he did in Benghazi.
I am sure it will get lost in the mail


10 posted on 05/03/2013 7:34:39 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
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soetoro is studying the situation to get an idea of how many Americans he can murder in that process.


11 posted on 05/03/2013 7:34:47 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: hometoroost

Let the British, French, and Israelis handle it then.


12 posted on 05/03/2013 7:34:53 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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...what it means is Odungo has to get more red paint to paint more red lines.....soon he’ll be heading to the greens


13 posted on 05/03/2013 7:36:05 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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14 posted on 05/03/2013 7:36:15 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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I doubt Assad did. I think FSA probably got a hold of some of the crap and it blew up in their face. Same thing happened to Aum Shinrikyo before they bombed the Tokyo Subway.

FSA are a bunch of Al Qaeda bas**rds, and Assad is simply stacking up the bodies for us. Go Assad.


15 posted on 05/03/2013 7:38:27 AM PDT by struggle
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To: National Review

The Syrian gun running funds are going where? Maybe the stream of income is too important to interupt over a few chemical weapons used in a limited manner. After all the stream of income was too important on 9-11-12 to save an Ambassador.


16 posted on 05/03/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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Considering the Current Regime in the White Hut, not much that would be useful in resolving this conflict will happen. But that crew is highly adept at pouring flammable liquids on an already raging fire.

They will jump in on the wrong side, join in ineffectual blockades and international sanctions that will have little or no effect, and study just the wrong intelligence to come out of the area, or will get the collection all wrong to begin with. They will further anger the Russians (who are at the moment propping up Bashar al-Assad), and give fuel to the argument the Iranians and the dissidents in Iraq have been making, the US is a paper tiger.

The best response would be to come to the aid of Israel, who stands to bear the brunt of the collateral damage to come out of this Muslim on Muslim violence, but The Won is just unable to bring himself to do what is the wisest and most prudent course of action for the remainder of his term in office.

Which should be followed by a term in Colorado Supermax. For life plus 200 years.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 7:44:21 AM PDT by alloysteel (Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Sec Def Hagel would probably be sending that note these days ... I’m sure it will garner more respect than Panetta’s. /s


18 posted on 05/03/2013 7:45:38 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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Al-Assad has crossed the red line. What does that mean for the U.S.?

move the line.......

19 posted on 05/03/2013 7:45:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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20 posted on 05/03/2013 7:46:43 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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Stop or I’ll say stop again (as long as cameras are rolling).

B. Hussein Obomba


21 posted on 05/03/2013 7:51:20 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: National Review
Al-Assad has crossed the red line.

So Assad thinks he's a tough guy, does he? Let's see how tough he is when he's on the receiving end of one of Barack Obama's strongly worded statements!

22 posted on 05/03/2013 7:52:59 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: corlorde
"Let the British, French, and Israelis handle it then."

If he planned on handling it then I have no problem with the red line statement. Otherwise, he's making idle threats and that just encourages the bad guys.

23 posted on 05/03/2013 7:53:44 AM PDT by hometoroost
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To: National Review

Foreign rivals are killing each other? Let them work it out. Our ‘red line’ should be our borders not what happens within some other borders. If some other country feels threatened, let them step up and leave us out of it, we’re broke.


24 posted on 05/03/2013 8:06:16 AM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Cicero
In fact, it kind of surprises me he hasn’t already intervened more openly

No, this one's on the QT, and the Syrian rebels are, as some theorized, the target of the weapon running that is alleged to have been going on through Benghazi. Obama has to have at least plausible deniability because he can't be seen opposing pro-Assad Russia that directly.

25 posted on 05/03/2013 11:57:59 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks National Review.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 6:21:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Zero will do his SOP...nothing. If the situation resolves itself, he takes credit. If not, it wasn’t HIS fault.


27 posted on 05/04/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT by Zman516
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