The Real Obama Liberal Legacy is a periodic series to highlight the results of liberal progressivism put into practice.
Next up, Red Line in Syria. As the tragedy in Syria continues to unfold before our eyes, we are reminded of the costs when America fails to lead in the world.
The promise: “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.” —President Obama, 8/20/2012
The reality: Almost a year to the day later, Assad unleashed a chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 civilians in the Ghouta region outside Damascus. In response, the administration proposed an “unbelievably small” military response that would do nothing to prevent the regime from massacring its own people. A bipartisan majority in Congress rejected the plan.
But wait, didn’t the administration strike a deal to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons? Well, sort of. The agreement claimed to eliminate Assad’s stockpile, but chemical weapons attacks continued afterwards. Moreover, the deal stabilized the regime, which to this day slaughters civilians with barrel bombs, mortars, and other heavy weaponry.
Exactly four years since President Obama drew his “red line,” Assad is still in power. Over 400,000 people have been killed. The civil war drags on with no end in sight. The administration’s peace efforts have gone nowhere. ISIS and other extremists have infiltrated rebel factions, and Russia has stepped in to prop up the regime.
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