Obama red lines crossed: World yawns

Michael Rubin writes over at Commentary Magazine: Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin reported that the State Department has concluded that Bashar al-Assad's forces have indeed used chemical weapons against civilians in the Syrian civil war. The use of chemical weapons, of course, has been the Obama administration's declared red line for U.S. action against Bashar al-Assad's regime. As Rogin noted: "The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable," Obama said Dec. 3, directing his comments at Assad. "If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable." That same day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added: "we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur." It now seems clear that the emperor has no clothes: Obama's red lines are meant as fancy declarations for U.S. consumption, but should not be taken seriously by America's adversaries. The problem will not be limited...(Read Full Post)