Obama in Sweden: “Red line? That wasn’t *my* red line!”

Posted by: Phineas on September 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

What’s the Swedish for “Don’t blame me?” Oh, yeah: Klandra inte mig! (1)

At a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Sweden (2), Obama engaged in this bit of historical… “tale-telling:”

“I didn’t set a red line,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference here in Stockholm. “The world set a red line.”

Funny. That’s not how I remember it. Nor is that what the press records:

We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilised. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

That would be the President of the United States, Barack Obama, talking about his administration’s policy. Not the UN Secretary General, aka the “Chief Clerk for the Security Council,” speaking for some mythical “international community.” Just so we’re clear.

I guess that’s what happens when you’ve spent most of your political career voting “present.” When that’s not possible anymore, you try like the dickens to spread the responsibility around so that no one can hold you accountable: “I did not draw a red line; we all drew a red line. (Under his breath) So lay off me, okay?”

It’s the Steve Urkel presidency: “Did I do that??”

Harry Truman weeps.

(1) Courtesy of Google Translate.
(2) You know, that social-democratic country that’s more free-market than the US.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Obama in Sweden: “Red line? That wasn’t *my* red line!””


  1. Tex says:

    Thanks Libs for handing us such an amateurish and weak leader who’s foreign policy of flip-flopping and apologizing to our enemies has now made it MORE LIKELY that some foreign despot will see his weakness as an opportunity to start a war involving us somewhere in the world.

    What an embarrassment he is to this country! At least with George Bush our friends and enemies alike knew what the real “red lines” were.

  2. ALman says:

    Some folk say I spoke of a red-line. You folk know that if I said it I meant it. I’ve had my staff working on this situation. They’ve even asked Google to re-position some satellites to find this supposed red-line. Guess what? You got it right. They couldn’t find one. This is something the other side made up in order to distract us from our program of getting this country to where I, uh, where we need to be. So, no red-line. No problem. (A leader leads, eh.)

  3. John W says:

    Due to President O’Bonehead’s many displays of unprecedented incompetence during his time in office, I usually pay no attention to his off-teleprompter remarks during a press conference, unless I am in need of a laugh. However, having read his full response to the reporter at this press conference, I must admit there is a grain of logic in his answer. His remark about the world’s red line refers to an agreement reached after WWI called the Geneva Protocol. At the time he made his own “red line” remark, he probably didn’t know about the Geneva Protocol, so someone had to provide him with this weaselly way of walking back his earlier statement.

  4. Sefton says:

    Progressives don’t have absolutes. They “evolve” and have “composite characters”. There are no lines, no law, no accountability, no absolute truths. Any good or evil is relative.
    They depend on illusion and slight-of-hand. They live in a hall of mirrors, admire and fall in love with their own reflections.

    And our country has fallen ill to them.

  5. Steve Skubinna says:

    Sometimes the guy acts like a five year old, who has no concern for anything that may have happened ten minutes ago. Or anything happening right now.

    We all know the type. Trying to hide a handful of cookies behind his back, adamantly denying that he got into the cookie jar.

  6. This is what always happens when Obhammud lets his alligator mouth overload his hummingbird a*s. He is like a comedian who experiments to find out which schtick works with which audience (blame Bush, war on women, etc.) and then milks it for all it is worth.

    Too often these days gutless people fall into the trap of saying sh*t they do not mean, which can be fatal. If I agree to meet you at a certain place at a specified time, it will happen, on time every time. If I tell you I’m gong to kick your a*s, you’ve got a problem.

    Like the old Alka-Seltzer ads said, “Try it. You’ll like it.”

  7. Carlos says:

    Sefton has it exactly right. Progs have no absolutes, and relativism is the god of the day.

    Therefore, with no absolutes and everything relative, there was no lie from Dear Leader because lies indicate absolutes, and there are no absolutes.

    Makes sense to me. NOT!