Obama Draws New Red Line: Assad Shooting at US Planes Would Lead to His Overthrow
In 2012 President Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad would cross a “red line for us” and might trigger a U.S. military response. The U.S. and U.N. documented the use of chemical weapons in 2013. Obama did nothing.
Even ISIS mocked Obama after this false threat.
The Obama administration promised to overthrow the Assad regime if US planes were attacked entering Syrian airspace.
Business Insider reported:
President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports.
If Assad’s troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, “Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system,” Baker reports. “He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account.”
On Wednesday, Obama announced that he had authorized US airstrikes in Syria while laying out a four-part strategy to “destroy” and “eradicate” radical ISIS militants who have captured roughly a third of Syria and a third of Iraq.
Since August, US warplanes have backed Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and Iranian-backed Shia militiamen as they attempt to roll back ISIS gains in Iraq.
Baker, who spoke with 10 people who spoke to the president leading up to his speech on Wednesday, writes that Obama “struck his guests as less certain about the endgame on the Syrian side, where he has called for Mr. Assad to step down and must now rely on the same moderate Syrian rebels he refused to arm in the past.”