“Paper Tiger POTUS: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria totally just a gaffe, guys!”, Twitchy quips:
More from The New York Times. Note, it also gives President Obama cover by titling the piece “Off-the-Cuff Obama Line Put U.S. in Bind on Syria”:
In a frenetic series of meetings, the White House devised a 48-hour plan to deter President Bashar al-Assad of Syria by using intermediaries like Russia and Iran to send a message that one official summarized as, “Are you crazy?” But when Mr. Obama emerged to issue the public version of the warning, he went further than many aides realized he would.
Moving or using large quantities of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and “change my calculus,” the president declared in response to a question at a news conference, to the surprise of some of the advisers who had attended the weekend meetings and wondered where the “red line” came from. With such an evocative phrase, the president had defined his policy in a way some advisers wish they could take back.
He totally didn’t mean it and stuff. Whatever!
Jonah Goldberg asks, “So are Obama’s advisors throwing Obama under the bus on Syria?”
And as Jon Gabriel of the Exurban League blog tweets, “Notice that as soon as Obama clarified that his Syria ‘red line’ warnings were utter BS, Israel goes in and does the job for him.”
Speaking of which on Friday, Moe Lane blogged his question of the night: “We BELIEVE That The Israelis Have Conducted An Airstrike?”
That indeed is what CNN is reporting.
The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.
You know, I remember a time when the Israelis would simply tell us if they had or not. Of course, there’s a whole lot of other things I remember as working more smoothly before… oh, say, 2009 or so.
PS: On the bright side, they should start doing that again in… oh, say, 2017 or so.
In the meantime, “Benghazi Impeachment Suddenly Not So Far-Fetched,” Roger L. Simon writes. And as one of Ace’s co-bloggers notes, “Ambassador Steven’s top deputy is one of the whistleblowers? Unless we wind up with a Frankie Pentangeli situation, Wednesday’s hearing is going to be very interesting. Very.”