All In   |  April 26, 2013

Obama admin stopped at so-called ‘red line’ in Syria conflict

Although the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime has both officials abroad and U.S. politicians calling for intervention, the Obama administration continues to hesitate.

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>>> today more escalating pressure for the u.s. to intervene in syria in the wake of yesterday's announcement by the white house . the u.s. believe the syrian government has used chemical weapons , an assessment based on physiological samples. i want it read from the white house letter so i can further quote this. people have been simplifying this in a way i believe is misleading. here is our quote. our intelligence community does assess with varying degree of confidence that the syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in syria . we cannot confirm now the exposure occurred and under what conditions, only credible and corroborated facts that provide us with some degree of srnty will guide our decision making. nevertheless, this was the front page of today's new york times headline. white house says syria has used chemical arms. this kind of reporting intensified a campaign for intervention for both officials abroad and u.s. politicians. this there is physical evidence , in fact the british stated there is physical evidence that proves the french also agree that israeli intelligence people absolutely are certain, so it is different from an allegation without evidence of weapons of mass destruction , as the case in iraq, and now there is physical efd of it. the white house has been deliberate and extremely careful about what they are doing. the president today after meeting with jordan's king abdullah was measured in his response when being asked about his response of chemical weapons .

>> for the syrian government to utilize chemical weapons , on its people, crosses a line that will change my capitalist and how the united states approaches these issues. so this is not an on or off switch. this is an ongoing challenge that all of us have to be concerned about and we're going to be working with the international community and partners to keep our eyes on what's happening on the ground, to gather any evidence of potential chemical weapon use.

>> the president said there that's not getting a lot of play and i think is important, is that there is quote not an on or off switch. the president says this is crosses a line that is not new for my calculation. the president said this about five times in the last several months.

>> there would be enormous consequence fess we start seeing movement on the chemical weapon is front or use of chemical weapons . the use of chemical weapons is, and would be, totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.

>> the regime must be know they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons . i've made clear that the use of chemical weapon says a game-changer. i have said that use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a game-changer.

>> in the new york times this week, bob corker said the obama administration has been indecisive, neither in or out, as radicals and militants are rapidly becoming a more influential force inside syria . like the president, i am reluctant to commit to the united states as an active participant in a complex and dispant war and do not support the deployment of american forces to topple mr. assad . but the time for leading from behind is over. this is like an overcaffeinated mouse as i read more and more arguments like corker's. intervention looks easiest and most urgent right before you actually do it. on the other hand there are more than 70,000 people dead and there is no question the assad regime has been unspeakably brutal and horrific in waging an indiscriminate war against its own people. chemicals wars have a special status for a good reason. so what the heck should we do in the next three guests, will all help us understand.