Kerry: No, U.S. so did not back down from ‘Syrian red line’

Kerry: No, U.S. so did not back down from ‘Syrian red line’
Profiles in courage. (Image: Screen grab of AP video via YouTube)

[Ed. – New People Magazine category: Most Delusional Man Alive.  Note how he goes on to shift the blame to David Cameron — thus tacitly agreeing that Obama DID back down from the “red line.”]

Touting his four years as secretary of state, John Kerry on Thursday attempted to explain one of the most contentious moments in American diplomacy during his tenure: President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce his “red line” warning to Syria about using chemical weapons.

In a news conference meant to promote his achievements, Kerry said that Obama didn’t backtrack in 2013 on his ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad not to attack rebels or civilians with his chemical weapons arsenal. Kerry said this “unfair perception” nevertheless hurt U.S. credibility. …

In 2012, Obama said any use or movement of chemical weapons by Assad would cross a “red line” and draw a U.S. military response. A year later, when U.S. officials determined that chemical weapons were used to kill hundreds outside Damascus, Obama sought congressional approval for military action and then pursued a diplomatic solution with Russia.

Kerry noted the shift came after then-British Prime Minister David Cameron failed to get parliamentary approval to join in airstrikes and after many U.S. lawmakers voiced their reluctance to approve the use of American force.

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