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Obama Redefines Red Line and Seeks Congress to Shed Syrian Responsibility

Obama’s redefinition of his chemical weapons red line and his reversal seeking Congressional approval for attacking Syria proves he is trying to shed responsibility for his foreign affairs blunder.

Shockingly, during a press conference today in Sweden, Obama denied ownership of his original red line comment saying, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

Previously, Obama’s decision to take military action was based on the 2012 statement he made in response to a question from NBC’s Chuck Todd:

I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.

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 utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

Clearly, the words “my calculus” and “my equation,” in context of using military action, shows Obama’s ownership to the red line trigger.

Obama’s red line qualification follows his sudden reversal to seek Congressional approval to wage military action in Syria. Obama’s August 31st Rose Garden statement caught the world by surprise because on the previous day, Secretary of State John Kerry was passionately preparing the world for a U.S. military strike against the Assad regime.

Obama’s abrupt affinity for the legislative branch conflicts with recent actions regarding Congress.

During his 2012 State of the Union address, Obama promised to push his climate change agenda with our without Congress:

I urge this Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. (Applause.) I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

President Obama also decided to delay enforcement of the ObamaCare employer mandate until 2015 without Congress. The decree was issued by the Treasury Department.

Obama also ignored Congress with his reversal on the Dream Act – the law allowing children of illegal immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship.

First, Obama said he did not have the authority to act without Congress, and then he decided he had the power to grant citizenship:

Administration officials said the president used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people. He did not consult with Congress, where Republicans have generally opposed measures to benefit illegal immigrants.

Obama has a long history of twisting his words and actions to serve his short-term political agenda. With his Syrian policy in disarray and his creditability in free fall, Obama is desperate to shed responsibility for his misguided foreign policy.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for ConservativeReview.com, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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