Yes, that violates our red line; no, we don't want to do anything about it. So we're saying that we need confirmation because(you ready?) OF WHAT BUSH DID."
Because Obama is real big on throwing out threats and lines in the sand, but when it's time to back them up, well, not so much. So there's got to be some excuse other than "I don't know what to do, and if I did I would not WANT to do it."
Think I'm kidding?
"We are continuing to do further
work to establish a definitive judgment as to whether or not the red
line has been crossed and to inform our decision-making about what to do
next," the official said. "If we reach a definitive determination that
this red line has been crossed, based on credible, corroborated
information, what we will be doing is consulting closely with our
friends and allies and the international community more broadly, as well
as the Syrian opposition, to determine what the best course of action
Translation: "If we drag this out long enough maybe it'll go away. And if not we can blame the allies for all the problems."
And I freakin' love this line: But numerous questions remain about the origins of the chemical and what
effect its apparent use could have on the ongoing Syrian civil war and
international involvement in it.
Hehehehe... the origins of the chemical in more ways than one, I'm thinking. Though part of that they'd flat HATE to have confirmed if I'm right.
And, making this even more fun is our favorite horn-on-the-nose-jackass:
McCain, who has been advocating more intervention in Syria for years,
called for arming the opposition, a step that the White House has
resisted thus far(really? Since when?), establishing a safe zone and taking proactive steps
to ensure that the chemical weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands.
“It does not mean boots on the ground,” McCain said.
No, of course not, we'll just take the step of (This is where the magic happens) and the stuff will either be destroyed("But they promised!") or just appear and be handed over to us...
Hey, we've got troops on the border NOW, so I'm sure- with the proper "It will make you look wonderful, Mr. President!"- it'd take damn little for us to wind up with boots on the ground.