- Posted September 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
President Obama: 'It's not my red line'
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
During a news conference in Sweden this morning, President Barack Obama made this pronouncement, "It's not my red line." The President then went on to say, "I didn’t set a red line, the world did...This debate is about the world's red line. It's about humanity's red line...about Congress's own red line."
Funny, but I recall the President saying this in 2012, "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized...That would change my calculus. That would change my equation."
Sounds to me that the President did personalize the red line by talking about "my calculus" and "my equation".
I have often been critical of the President for his apparent disregard for President Harry Truman's maxim on the presidency, "The buck stops here". This time the President has once more showed that the buck stops everywhere except on his doorstep.
We often decry the "me generation" and the lack of personal responsibility. We often wonder why our young people are always passing the blame to someone else or something else, but never accepting their own culpability in the outcome of their actions and decisions.
Is it any wonder that there seems to be a dearth of personal responsibility when our President, the leader of the free world, has an issue with accepting responsibility for his own words, his own actions, his own decisions?
Mr. President, this is your red line. You own it. No matter how much you try and deflect, you made it personal and made it your red line with your own statements over the last year.
On CNN, David Gergen, Gloria Borger and Wolf Blitzer agreed that despite the President's denial and deflection on the red line, he is responsible and it is his red line. Yes, Congress has made a statement about chemical weapons. Yes, the majority of the world's governments have come out against chemical weapons. But, Mr. President, you stated clearly that use of chemical weapons in Syria would change your calculus and your equation on whether to act or not act on the Syrian civil war.
Mr. President, this is a time for you to lead and set an example to our nation, to the world, to our young people, by stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for your own words, your own decisions, your own actions. You, through your surrogates, have made clear that with or without the approval of Congress that you have the authority to intervene in Syria for crossing your red line. Now stand up, stop deflecting, stop trying to shift the blame ahead of time in the event your decision on Syria goes awry.
From the Cornfield, this goes beyond audacity to unbelievable. The President states the world's credibility, the credibility of Congress, is on the line. I hate to tell our President, but no, it is his credibility on the line. He either says what he means and means what he says or he is nothing more than fancy rhetoric with no foundation.
What's it to be Mr. President?