Since last year, Obama has been (in typical American fashion) working to an American agenda on Syria. His pisspoor attempts to grandstand on heavyweight foreign affairs matters, to compensate for what could be generously described as disastrous performance on the world stage, led to him talking tough to al-Assad and setting a ‘red line’ on chemical weapons.
The Telegraph is reporting Obama’s comment that the world needed to show the Syrian regime that they could not use chemical weapons with impunity. The paper goes on to explain that Obama defended his assertion that ‘a red line’ would be crossed by the use of such weapons, arguing that he was simply emphasising accepted international laws. But then Obama elevated himself from President of the United States to self declared spokesman for the entire world when he said:
First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.
So when I said that my calculus would be altered by chemical weapons, which the overall consensus of humanity says is wrong – that’s not something I just made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air.
My credibility isn’t on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line.
I try to avoid the use of profanity on this blog, but what a load of utter bollocks. One drawback of being the American President is that a lot of what you utter gets reported. This can prove rather inconvenient for the President when he takes off on one of his flights of fantastic delusion and denies his own words – which as you can see from his comments last year on this infamous ‘red line’, made on 19/20 August 2012, he has done. The Washington Post is the journal of record here…
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. That would change my calculus.
That would change my equation. . . . We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.
The use of the Royal ‘we’ to describe the American position, followed by evidence that the red line is his calculus, his equation. The world didn’t set a red line, Obama did. He made no reference to speaking for the world, because he doesn’t.
The red line is Obama’s alone. Therefore it is his credibility that is on the line – and that is why he is now pretending he was speaking for the world, rather than the bubble inside the Washington Beltway. Obama is telling a naked lie and exhibiting hubris of staggering proportions. It is the sign of a meglomaniac and someone who is irrational. Obama was the choice of the American people, but from an external perspective what an appalling choice they made.
The President of the United States has demonstrated he has no credibility.
And it’s no better for the Russians either. President Putin seems to have developed a serious case of amnesia about countries who launch a military attack on another country without UN approval, as these comments, translated on BBC 10 o’clock news tonight, make clear:
In line with international law only the UN Security Council can sanction the use of force against a sovereign state.
Any other pretext or method which might be used to justify the use of force against an independent sovereign state is inadmissable and can only be interpreted as aggression.
Just to refresh Vladimir’s memory…