**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)