President Barack Obama repeatedly denied Wednesday that he ever set a “red line” against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and he insisted that the “world community” and Congress created the so-called red line, and should enforce the line.
“The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a  treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war,” he said.
“Congress set a red line when it indicated that — in a piece of legislation [in 2003] titled the Syria Accountability Act that some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for,” he said.
MOTUS offers the following perspective (via Thomas Lifson):
This new tact is no doubt the work of his old trusted team of really big brains: the Axelrod, Gibbs, Plouffe and Favreau Brain Squad (BS) team was called into an emergency session yesterday to "coordinate the administration's message strategy on Syria," as it continued to spin totally out of control, i.e., Big Guy's favorability polls are dropping like rockets. Because everyone knows that what we need now, more than a strategy, is a messagestrategy.
Maybe the BS would be better utilized going to work for General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who's still unable to tell Congress exactly what the U.S. is seeking to accomplish in Syria. (snip)
This turn of tables is clearly the result of having called in the Brain Squad (BS) whose sole strategy in the past has been to blame stuff on everybody else. BO then criticized the do-nothing Congress for dithering on the authorization of his "Syria Accountability Act" or, as ACE calls it, "Operation Enduring Hesitation." And while the BS team likes that turn of phrase, they've softened it to "Operation Enduring Dithering."
There were several "red lines" on the walls of the Benghazi compound, ain't that right Rep. Chickenhawk, @NancyPelosi?— Doug Ross (@directorblue) August 31, 2013