Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart
President Obama has threatened Syria a total of seven times now using the “red line” metaphor. It means that if Syria crosses an imaginary red line in the sand, Obama will…will…will what? Be angry? Clearly, Bashar Assad is not frightened by the president’s rhetoric. Could it be the president is sounding like a parent who threatens his child with punishment but never follows through?
The red line Obama is so fond of is about chemical weapons. If Assad uses chemical warfare on his own people, he will have crossed the red line and Obama will…er…you know. There will be consequences. Heads will roll. A price will be paid. Yadda yadda yadda.
Our foreign friends and their intelligence sources are certain Assad has used sarin on his people, but Obama doesn’t want to make the same mistake the W Bush administration made in Iraq, so he’s examining the evidence while building a coalition to do what, I don’t know.
I’m sure part of any strategy would be to not make threats, even veiled ones, if we’re not going to follow through. The president doesn’t say what he’ll do. He just indicates there will be a change in U.S. policy toward Syria. What does that mean? Use your imagination.