Obama to Iran: Just because my “red line” for Syria was unserious doesn’t mean my “red line” for you is

posted at 6:41 pm on September 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Iran must know: We will not tolerate a rogue regime obtaining weapons of mass destruction. Or, maybe we’ll tolerate it, but we won’t tolerate those weapons actually being used. More than once. Or a few times, as long as they’re small-scale attacks. But if you use them once in a large-scale attack, then you’ll be staring at the firm possibility of a U.S. attack. Unless Vladimir Putin comes up with a plan that gets us off the hook from having to follow through at the eleventh hour.

Actually, I’m probably in a small minority on the right in thinking that he’s kinda sorta serious about what he’s saying here. Obama didn’t cancel the bombing of Assad because he’s too dovish to punch a Shiite terrorist monster in the face. He did it because he knew the attack would be unpopular at home and he wanted political cover from Congress. When they wouldn’t give it to him, he chickened out. The same won’t be true of an attack on Iran. Iran looms large in the American consciousness as a potential threat for lots of reasons — decades of anti-Americanism starting with the hostage crisis; international terrorist attacks spanning years; eliminationist antagonism and Holocaust denial towards Israel; abundant media coverage of its meddling in Iraq to undermine the U.S.; and the simple fact that a key enemy building nuclear weapons is a nightmare scenario for the public, especially as Iran’s missile program becomes more sophisticated. One of the core problems of selling American voters on a Syria attack was explaining why Assad is a threat to the United States. Obama won’t have that problem with Iran, and he won’t see the same resistance on the Hill from Democrats and Republicans who have lived with the Iranian nuke kabuki for a long time.

As for O himself, the more Putin and his lackeys rub his face in his humiliation, and the more deleterious fallout there is internationally from his refusal to act against Assad, the more he’ll want to reverse the trend by following through with Iran if it comes to that. Maybe that means simply greenlighting an Israeli attack and preparing defensive measures in case Iran retaliates against the U.S., or maybe it means leading the attack himself. But if U.S. enemies take his Syria weakness as a provocation, he’ll be more likely to hit Iran, I think, than he otherwise might. Beware a wounded lame duck with a gigantic ego who’s worried about his “legacy” being eight years of ineffectual dithering on a rising, soon-to-be nuclear-armed, enemy power.


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Do Iranians also use their middle fingers to express contempt?
I’m guessing that would be their response.

dentarthurdent on September 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

“My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize that they should draw a lesson that we have not reached, to think that we will not attack Iran, however what to make of this lesson is that it is possible to solve these issues diplomatically”

Such an embarrassment …..

Drunk Report on September 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

and BISHOP!!!

dentarthurdent on September 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

This message brought to you by President Emily Litella.

Nevermind….

Athos on September 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Obama didn’t cancel the bombing of Assad because he’s too dovish to punch a Shiite terrorist monster in the face. He did it because he knew the attack would be unpopular at home and he wanted political cover from Congress.

And this compares to Libya……how?

“I don’t need no stinkin’ Congress….except for this Syria thing”

BobMbx on September 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

If Obama wanted to be serious with Iran he would have said something nice about the Green Revolution.

He didn’t.

Obama is not serious.

Period.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM

That was a long 1:24. Obama articulating his strategy is hard on the ears, and gravy for the brain.

This idiot is WAY over his head.

portlandon on September 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Obama to Iran: Just because my “red line” for Syria was unserious doesn’t mean my “red line” for you is

OFFICIAL RESPONSE from the islamofascist mullahs of Iran to OBOZO: “BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

TeaPartyNation on September 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Maybe that means simply greenlighting an Israeli attack and preparing defensive measures in case Iran retaliates against the U.S., or maybe it means leading the attack himself.

Israel won’t ask permission, and won’t give advance notice because they rightly suspect that the REB would sabotage their mission. The purposeful leak about Israel’s arrangements with Azerbaijan confirms that.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Actually, I’m probably in a small minority on the right in thinking that he’s kinda sorta serious about what he’s saying here.

Yes, you are.

I laughed out loud when I read the headline.

MichaelGabriel on September 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

With Secretary of State of Confusion John Effin Kerry and Slow Joe Biden as head cheerleader for Beltway Subnormal High School and King Putt putting the fear into Putin the last time I saw a gummint this boldly disorganized it was a Marx Brothers movie.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Obama selling wolf tickets.

aquaviva on September 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obama to Iran: Just because my “red line” for Syria was unserious doesn’t mean my “red line” for you is

Somebody just impeach this dangerous America-hating moron, already. WTFFF? In addition to all of his impeachable acts, having the intellectual heft of a three year old is also eminently impeachable – or “imminently impeachable” as a certain affirmative action moron SCOTASS justice would say. The nation is as unsafe as can be with this third-world imbecile running the Executive branch (into the ground). America is already dead, but even the carcass is threatened by Barky’s continued affirmative action tenure.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

a Marx Brothers movie.

It’s been a long time since I saw the movie “The Mouse That Roared” so I don’t remember that much about it. Why does it come to mind?

MichaelGabriel on September 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Maybe that means simply greenlighting an Israeli attack and preparing defensive measures in case Iran retaliates against the U.S., or maybe it means leading the attack himself.

Barky already nixed an Israeli attack about a year ago.

Barky is aligned with the mullahs and anyone else who hates America. He also gets a kick out of making a total mockery of the Office of the Presidency … which is about what one should have expected from the Precedent.

None of this has ever been hidden. Barky doesn’t do subtlety. He doesn’t do much of anything, other than hating America and acting like a rabid toddler.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Such an embarrassment …..

Drunk Report on September 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Did he actually say that? Wow talking gibberish as an art-form.

dogsoldier on September 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Obama is not going to hit Iran.
The media will huff and puff to make Obama look like a tough guy.
But he was too much of a wimp to do an “unbelievably small” whack at Syria and you think he will go to war with Iran?
He lost to Assad by stopping a war he didn’t want to start.
Obama is a loser who has been lameducked.

albill on September 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

He did it because he knew the attack would be unpopular at home and he wanted political cover from Congress.

It’s ALL about Barry, ALL the time. That POS couldn’t care less about this country.

Iran? Hell, what about North Korea?

How long have we been “talking” to the leaders of those countries. Now, suddenly, The Chosen One will grow a backbone?

Jug Ears will do nothing. He’ll declare “VICTORY!” and then ‘pivot to the economy’.

How many PIVOTS have we already had?

GarandFan on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

“Is this real life?”

-New Iranian minister, after hearing Obama speak.

portlandon on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

acting like a rabid toddler

That’s insulting to rabid toddlers.

MichaelGabriel on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Triple dog dare ya !!!

FlaMurph on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I dunno peeps…

I think the crazy is getting all thick up in there in Obama’s House.

/Also, he had to cancel his Latin Boogie Nights Concert. Or something important like that.

Cray-Cray

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Every day Obama wakes up thinking his butt still hurts from the kicking Putin gave it.
Obama is so rope-a-dope punch drunk from losing to Putin he thinks he won against Assad.

albill on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The difficulty for Israel planning any attack is their awareness Barky would jump to betray them.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

It’s weird to see so many Americans identifying as un-American and allying themselves with our enemies. It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I know a lot of people on here refuse to listen to Obama, but this one needs to be heard. The way he tries to explain himself is childish and dangerous. He almost goes there again with another red line before he pauses and catches himself. He is truly in way over his head. Or as he once said…it’s above his paygrade.

This man is incapable of putting together two coherent thoughts without the benefit of a teleprompter.

Johnnyreb on September 16, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Even greenlighting an attack would be screwed up, Bark would either micromanage it or disappear from the scene.

Bishop on September 16, 2013 at 7:08 PM

How many PIVOTS have we already had?

GarandFan on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I think we have officially entered Ballerin-O territory.

/

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Candy Crowley has now entered the room.

/Is this real life or what?

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

He’s acting. He has no intention of protecting this country. It’s Kabuki. Put some whiteface on him and give him a fan and a silk robe.

Mimzey on September 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Let’s root-root-root for the O-team! Isn’t that CNN’s new logo?

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

There is no home team in Syria, you blithering idiot. There are two sets of enemies killing each other. The home team’s interest is in letting them go on killing each other, not in taking one side out so the pan-islamists can take another arab state.

Get a friggin clue.

Actually, never mind. You’re too stupid to get a clue. Just go away.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Maybe that means simply greenlighting an Israeli attack and preparing defensive measures in case Iran retaliates against the U.S., or maybe it means leading the attack himself.

Barky already nixed an Israeli attack about a year ago.

Barky is aligned with the mullahs and anyone else who hates America. He also gets a kick out of making a total mockery of the Office of the Presidency … which is about what one should have expected from the Precedent.

None of this has ever been hidden. Barky doesn’t do subtlety. He doesn’t do much of anything, other than hating America and acting like a rabid toddler.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 7:03
PM

The only “Israeli attack” The One wants is one on Israel, to wipe it off the map once and for all.

The Eastern Mystic in the Oval Office is certain that once those “turbulent Jews” are no more, everything will be beautiful. And he can thereafter ignore the rest of the world as it becomes a mystical Wonderland under Sharia, as he concentrates on making the U.S. a “thought leader” in turning from evil Western materialism to enlightened Eastern philosophical primitivism.

In the end, he sees an entire world that looks like the bazaar in Indonesia that he became obsessed with at age eight. And either does not believe that such reversion would kill about 90% of humanity- or either yearns for the holocaust, or simply does not care either way.

This man is not sane. He never has been, and he never will be.

Keep this in mind when trying to evaluate his actions.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

He’s acting. He has no intention of protecting this country. It’s Kabuki. Put some whiteface on him and give him a fan and a silk robe.

Mimzey on September 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Mimzey Dahling. You are such an amazing Racist.

I think a pink robe would fit.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

It’s weird to see so many Americans identifying as un-American and allying themselves with our enemies. It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

What are you trying to say?

Mimzey on September 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

This is all above his pay grade.

rjoco1 on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Laugh….I thought I’d never start!

Another Drew on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Candy Crowley, can you state with specificity WHO the Syrian Rebels are? I do believe it’s a proven fact that 75% of them are Al-Q or aligned with Al-Q interests.

Why don’t you take a nice crawl over there for some “real investigative” reportage.

/Scrunt

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

eon on September 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Yep.

I would only add – he’s not sane but he’s certainly hates the West like no ones business. Mostly third-world jealousy and envy but it is burning white-hot in Barky’s pea-brain.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Did Obama say “Simon says”?

VorDaj on September 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I felt there could never be another Jimmah Carter, but this clown makes Carter look like Gen. Patton

rjoco1 on September 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Yeah sure, we believe you President Putin Pantsed.

jukin3 on September 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

It’s been a long time since I saw the movie “The Mouse That Roared” so I don’t remember that much about it. Why does it come to mind?

MichaelGabriel

If it’s Marx Brothers, you’re thinking “Duck Soup.”

Obama does a mean Rufus T. Firefly …..

BD57 on September 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Mimzey Dahling. You are such an amazing Racist.

I think a pink robe would fit.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Why tank you so veddy veddy much. :)

Mimzey on September 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

This is all above his pay grade.

rjoco1 on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Considering the fact that “O” never had a real job I’m thinking you might be onto something there, cowboy.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Candy Crowley has now entered the room.

/Is this real life or what?

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Did all the furniture slide towards the door?

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I know a lot of people on here refuse to listen to Obama, but this one needs to be heard…

Johnnyreb on September 16, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Not really, JR. If you’ve heard him once, that’s one too many. He’s an insult to even his porn queen mother, may she rest in Hell.

TXUS on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

When the coach is incompetent, you still root for the home team, but boo the coach.

MichaelGabriel on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Didn’t you listen to Hillary Clinton? Dissent is Patriotic remember? It is your Constitutional duty to question authority is what she and Obama have both said.

Apparently Democrat talking points come with an expiration date. Who knew?

Johnnyreb on September 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

It’s weird to see so many Americans identifying as un-American and allying themselves with our enemies. It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Y’all are rough on Politrick’s twin sista.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I felt there could never be another Jimmah Carter, but this clown makes Carter look like Gen. Patton

rjoco1 on September 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

And Carter makes him look like PeeWee Herman.

TXUS on September 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Mychal Massie: Why I Don’t Like The Obamas

Pretty much says it all.

thatsafactjack on September 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

How big is Jimmah Carter’s smile right now?

jukin3 on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Who exactly is O’Barky’s “home team”?

Medina Marauders or Mecca Megatons? (and whispers Benghazi Betrayers….)

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Candy Crowley has now entered the room.

/Is this real life or what?

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Did all the furniture slide towards the door?

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Oh, heavens no. Candy Crowley would NEVER be invited on an offishial WH cruise. She’d sink the boat. Bless her heart. And we cannot have that happening now.

/We might offend cows. And we cannot have that happening either.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Who exactly is O’Barky’s “home team”?

Medina Marauders or Mecca Megatons? (and whispers Benghazi Betrayers….)

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Kenyan Ketchers.

/Sorry, you left that one wide open.

Double sorry

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

When the coach is incompetent, you still root for the home team, but boo the coach.

MichaelGabriel on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Nice one.

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

It’s weird to see so many Americans identifying as un-American and allying themselves with our enemies. It’s worse that so many of those American backbiters are Republicans and/or conservatives.

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

There’s no question in my mind that I root for the home team.

The question is whether or not Obama is on the home team. Does he root for it? Who is Congress roots for it? There hasn’t been a lot of evidence.

INC on September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I’m guess Obama’s parenting skills consist of…you better not do that…now stop doing that…you better not do that again…if you do that one more time I’m going to have to discipline you…now stop it, I told you that you’re going to get in trouble……

INC on September 16, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Oh, heavens no. Candy Crowley would NEVER be invited on an offishial WH cruise. She’d sink the boat. Bless her heart. And we cannot have that happening now.

/We might offend cows. And we cannot have that happening either.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

If they put her by the keel Candy Crowley would be most useful as ballast.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Y’all are rough on Politrick’s twin sista.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

She sounds a bit like MB4 from back in the old days before he went postal , now with a sex change, and sourer, preachier, more Rachel Jeantel sorta attitude….

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

It’s not racist if no minorities hear it, right? /

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Obama to Iran: Just because my “red line” for Syria was unserious doesn’t mean my “red line” for you is

Honestly now, do you know of any former President who talked like this? I mean does Michelle walk him to the school bus stop every day? Does she pack his lunch for him or give him a couple of bucks? This guy got side-tracked somewhere on the way to adulthood.

DaveDief on September 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

When the football team has ice skates and tu-tus on, I leave the stadium.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Who exactly is O’Barky’s “home team”?

Medina Marauders or Mecca Megatons? (and whispers Benghazi Betrayers….)

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

MUSLIM BROs

DUBAI DOGEATERS

KENYA KABOOM

TXUS on September 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

MUSLIM BROs

DUBAI DOGEATERS

KENYA KABOOM

TXUS on September 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

… and of course O’Barky’s family teams the Nairobi Nepotists and the Chicago Embezzlers.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

It’s ALL about Barry BAMSTAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNNN BAMMMMY BABYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

arandF on Sept16,

cableguy615 on September 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

the last time I saw a gummint this boldly disorganized it was a Marx Brothers movie.

viking01 on September 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Like Freedonia?

chewmeister on September 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Does this guy have any idea in the world who he is or what he’s doing?

rplat on September 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Iran to Barky: Yeah, sure, you’ll hit us just as hard as you did in 2009. Send an ambassador to Tehran and we’ll talk about it.

Welcome back, Carter!

Steve Z on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

As much as I enjoy Alah’s writing, sometimes I can’t get past the headline because I know it will make me stabby. I’m past the point where I can give this grifter President the benefit of ANY doubt.

BettyRuth on September 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Welcome back, Carter!

Steve Z on September 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

This is what a second term of Jimmy Carter would look like… save the Stupid Factor has been turned to 11.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Obama didn’t cancel the bombing of Assad because he’s too dovish to punch a Shiite terrorist monster in the face. He did it because he knew the attack would be unpopular at home and he wanted political cover from Congress.

That strikes me as a distinction without a difference. I guess dove doesn’t have to equate as candy ass but often it does.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Solid analysis allah

ted c on September 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Pretty sure that Putin gave Obama the finger in giving Iran a new SAM system and a new reactor. Full speed ahead to WWIII.

jukin3 on September 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Everybody knows ‘serious red lines’ are only for Republicans, silly.

Midas on September 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Would Israel even wait for a green light from this nut.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

He’s going to have to nuke somebody just to show that maybe he might mean what he implies. Maybe.

TfromV on September 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Remember when you used to root for the home team?

anchorchick on September 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Obama is the opposition team at bat.

AesopFan on September 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Well, it wasn’t really a red line. More like mauve. Or maybe fuscia.

wdkeller on September 17, 2013 at 3:52 AM