President Obama blamed the entire world Wednesday for his decision to engage in military action in Syria. “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line,” he said.
Obama went on to list the Syria Accountability Act and the Chemical Weapons Convention, and others have listed the Geneva Protocol as a way to remove blame from Obama.
But the “red line” phrase, that’s all Obama.
Thanks to a little thing called the Internet, we can look back at comments Obama made on August 20, 2012. On that date, speaking at a press conference, Obama said “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.”
But Obama wasn’t done trying to reassign blame. “My credibility is not on the line,” he said also. “International credibility is on the line.”
Obama made the claims during a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, where he’s meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt.