- A red line that is not abided by, in effect, becomes a green light for any rogue in the Middle East @mrubin1971
- The Obama admin 'has been good at tweeting outrage' over Syria's civil war, but its calculus hasn't changed
- One year ago, President Obama laid down a red line in Syria. Did Assad cross it yet? @mrubin1971
One year ago, President Obama said the United States would not stand by if Syria's Bashar al-Assad crossed the red line -- meaning, used chemical weapons on his own people.
"A red line for us is when we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus," Obama said.
But that doesn't mean that the president has committed to moving toward any type of force to remove Asad.
AEI's Michael Rubin spoke with John Batchelor on the John Batchelor Show on Aug. 22, saying the Obama administration "has been good at tweeting outrage" over Syria's civil war, but its calculus hasn't changed — yet.
"A red line that is not abided by, in effect, becomes a green light for any rogue in the Middle East," Rubin warned.
Watch a taped stream of the conversation.