On August 21, 2012 President Obama unfortunately gave his redline for Syria which everyone seems to be taking advantage. Whether Obama is likely to back down from a Syrian confrontation, especially with the Republic hawks advocating remains to be seen…
“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “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.”Obama added that U.S. officials are monitoring the situation “very carefully” and have put together a number of contingency plans.
Saudi support for Syrian rebels shaped by tribal, religious ties”We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons.”