NEW YORK (MorichesDaily) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday the “red line” he previously spoke of regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria wasn’t his own, but the world’s.
“I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98%” of the world’s population “passed a treaty forbidding (chemical weapons) use, even when countries are engaged in war,” Obama said in Sweden.
President Obama’s call for a military strike in Syria is facing its first domestic test as early as Wednesday, as the Senate committee that heard impassioned testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry a day earlier takes up the resolution authorizing the use of force.
Ahead of a possible committee vote, as well as another hearing on the House side, Obama said during a visit to Sweden that he’s confident “Congress will approve” the strike in the end. The president said the use of chemical weapons in Syria needs “to be answered for.”
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is preparing to vote soon on the draft resolution, which authorizes Obama to use military force in a “limited and tailored manner” against military targets in Syria and sets a deadline for any action in response to the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.