Paper Tiger POTUS: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria totally just a gaffe, guys!

No, it’s not. This is what happens when one only has the vast experience of  community organizing from which to draw.

Why, indeed?

Prescient! Because, guess what? President Obama’s “red line” comment was totally just a gaffe, guys!

More from The New York Times. Note, it also gives President Obama cover by titling the piece “Off-the-Cuff Obama Line Put U.S. in Bind on Syria”:

In a frenetic series of meetings, the White House devised a 48-hour plan to deter President Bashar al-Assad of Syria by using intermediaries like Russia and Iran to send a message that one official summarized as, “Are you crazy?” But when Mr. Obama emerged to issue the public version of the warning, he went further than many aides realized he would.

Moving or using large quantities of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and “change my calculus,” the president declared in response to a question at a news conference, to the surprise of some of the advisers who had attended the weekend meetings and wondered where the “red line” came from. With such an evocative phrase, the president had defined his policy in a way some advisers wish they could take back.

He totally didn’t mean it and stuff. Whatever!

Twitter users are rightly disgusted.

As Twitchy reported last evening, Israel launched a second strike against Syria.



  • TugboatPhil

    Red Line, bread line, dead line…at this point, what difference does it make?

    • Spatial Awareness

      You nailed it Tug. Now watch him send our Service Members in there to get gassed.

      • mickeyco

        Not unless he can figure out a way to blame the GOP.

        • Spatial Awareness

          All he has to do is say it… MSM will carry water from there.

        • Brett McMicken

          now, there’s an “enemy” obama doesn’t mind fighting against.

        • gpo1913


        • lainer51

          he will do BOTH

    • BlahBlah

      Of course they will just change the meaning of “red line”. It’s a common golf term yo.

      • angeleyez

        Ripple from Hillary’s youtube video.

      • Clayton Grant

        Bangin red line.

    • Cool_Arrow

      Something about interfering when your enemies are killing each other . . .

      • TugboatPhil

        I am totally OK with no intervention at all. We have Assad and Iran on one side and Al Qaeda and Muslim Brohood on the other. I feel sorry for anyone living there that isn’t a complete Jihadi nutjob, but if there’s a pile of dead Islamists at the end of this, I fail to see the problem.

        I just wish Barky would keep his piehole shut and play more golf.

        • Cool_Arrow

          If “good Muslims” do nothing and say nothing, Whose fault is it when Radical Muslims kill them?

          The deafening silence of the goats indicates “good Muslims” would prefer death to freedom, anyway.

        • James A. Lonon

          Sadly, we are already up to our necks. We have been sending arms to rebels throughout Northern Africa via Libya for more than a decade. Reportedly in excess of one million, with Libya having only a 60,000 man standing Army! Largely unknown to the public, we have been in bed with Khadaffi since after reparations were finally paid to victims of PanAm/Locherby attack Recently, thousands of M-16’s and ammo mysteriously went missing from a storage BUNKER under heavy US security. Want to bet where we see these popping up soon? There are NO clean hands in our government. Executive branch always pleads ignorance of shady deals, placing blame on the “unauthorized ” actions of one gov. agency or persons. However the O-admin. has embraced such actions as a surgical, rather than blunt ie. overt warfare like none before. He was reportedly, intoxicated by the capability which he had inherited and quickly set about expanding and making use of those capabilities. From Iran / Contra to what is taking place now, is just the same old story, secret dirty and illegal practices that Always Backfire and damage our nation’s reputation the world over. We backstab our allies and arm our enemies!

        • MurphTacular

          Al Qaeda’s among the smallest contingencies opposing the Assad regime. And the Muslim Brotherhood is hardly the nefarious organization that many tend to make them out to be. They were popularly elected in Egypt and would likely farewell when/if Syria conducts voting in a post-Assad era, IF we ever get there …

    • lainer51


  • nc

    Note to our amateur President: The Israelis know they cannot make false, blustering threats that they are not prepared to act on. Take a lesson. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t fake it.

    • michael s

      North Korea helped build the syrian Nuclear reactor Israel bombed. Yet i didn’t see one Israeli jet fly over North korean airspace to take out North korean targets. Its typical how the weak get prayed upon,but the strong or someone of equal force people act cowardly towards.

      • TocksNedlog

        So . . . you’re in favor of the U.S. selling Israel some long-range bombers, are you?


      • Clayton Grant

        Geography much? It’s more than 5,000 miles from Israel to the Korean Peninsula. Israel cannot project power globally.

        • lainer51

          “the weak get prayed upon”
          awww, empty words arise again.

      • $30423294

        Those Jews are pretty tricky, aren’t they?

        I’m glad they’ve got you rattled.

      • IceColdTroll


        Go pound sand, you ignorant dooshnozzle.

        PS — “preyed.”

        PPS — North Korea wouldn’t BE a problem now if that half-balled halfwit Harry Truman (D) had let Gen. MacArthur do his job.

      • Ronald Green

        You really are such a douche. You know absolutely nothing about power projection, national sovereignty issues and the political wrangling needed to project that power. That means permission to fly a military strike force over a good dozen countries. And as Satirist points out, the logistical problems of getting there and back. Dude stick to playing your X-Box and drinking kooliad, seems to be what you’re best at.

        • James A. Lonon

          Ever hear of a thing called air refueling? If they can get to Uganda in Central Africa, they can Make it pretty much anywhere they choose! It’s not a question of mechanics, but of logistics and will.

          • ForTheRepublic

            Well, that and the fact that most of the countries they would have to fly over hate them, so Air Transport treaties would be unlikely at best. There’s that, too.

      • TugboatPhil

        Do you have any concept of the size of the Israeli military in particular or the logistics of military operations in general?

      • Lady 12

        First time I’ve ever seen the word “prayed” with a negative connotation.

    • Elke E. Wilhelm

      I think Obama believes his own press hype. He truly thinks they wouldn’t call his bluff. He’s delusional. Expect a massive presidential meltdown in the coming days – especially after the Benghazi hearings….

  • mickeyco

    Don’t mind him making himself look to be the fool he is, but I’m awfully sick of him making us all look like fools & worse.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    He meant that he would grab his bullhorn and take some union thugs in to protest on Assad’s lawn.

    It’s the Chicago way.

    • DavidKramer

      GDJr, the RINOs and the libs want to give guns to the Jihadis……..just take them from us. Then you have the lefties say that fighting tyranny with guns would not work.

      Where did they lose their logic and reason? That is right, they never had it to begin with.

  • BlahBlah

    LOL Barry you fall for it every time.

    ~Your Teleprompter

  • adam

    This is exactly what Obama wants. Of everything that he blamed on Bush the one thing he’s held onto was war. He has no problem letting another country do what he should be doing so that he can sit back, shake his head, wag his finger and say shame on you Israel, trying to draw us into another war…. Shame on you England and France, you almost pulled a fast one on us.

    • Seriously?

      You know what gets me? When PM Netanyahu sorts them out, Obama will take credit for it. Watch.

  • Plep

    We can’t do anything … sequester and all. Republicans fault.

  • DavidKramer

    Don’t you dare!
    I mean it!
    Come on, we did not mean to give those guns to the Jihadis!
    This line is the last one!

    • Seriously?

      The libs idea of “counting to 3” to get children to behave didn’t work either. I laugh in disgust whenever I hear a parent say “2 and a half….”.

      HA! Now we have President 2 and 3 quarters……

      • DavidKramer

        I accidentally let loose once with what I was thinking in a store. I said stupid libs when a version of that happened, to cover I said, did I say that out loud? A guy starting laughing really hard and had to go to another line. The lady was fuming.

  • CO2 Producer

    The moment I heard of Obama’s “red line,” it brought back memories of an old Robin Williams bit on Gaddafi’s “line of death.” I wondered how long it would take before the line was crossed and Obama would live up to the parody.

    Well, we now have our own version of Cartoon Col. Gaddafi, and it’s not all that funny.

    • TarHeeled67

      EXACTLY what came to my mind as well. Thanks for sharing the clip.

      • CO2 Producer

        “Here is the man who had the audacity to go, ‘You cross this line, you die…'”

        Later to be known as “the audacity of hope.” Then it became “the audacity of…psych!”

  • TocksNedlog

    @AG_Conservative “Obama put himself in a terrible position with this red line stuff and now has to pretend words don’t have meaning to get out of it.”

    — Who says that he’s pretending? Words have NEVER had any true meaning for him!


    • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

      Love the hash tag.

      • Lady 12


  • Paul C.


  • TocksNedlog

    Carter redux.

  • Jd1367

    He didn’t mean red line, he meant Red Stripe. He was just proposing another beer summit

    • mdtljt

      Sadly accurate. Prezzy NoBallsMa has made this great nation into a punchline…time to prove to him we don’t agree…hell, each & every one of my neutered dogs had/have bigger stones…they knew when danger was imminent & acted accordingly

  • tjp77

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

  • tops116

    I just know that Secretary Kerry is going to get asked about this, and he will say, “President Obama was for the red line before he was against it.”

  • TocksNedlog

    Yes folks, this IS the same man that was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

    Don’t you just want to bask in his glow?

    • brewerandpatriot

      Did he win it for his fine work during the “America Sucks Apology Tour?”

      • TocksNedlog

        And ever since that tour he’s been doing his best to make us suck.

  • Murphy Linn Spears

    Obama is a total fraud ….#makesmesick

    • IBXNJ

      Has Obama EVER been clear about ANYTHING?????

  • michael s

    It appears the right once again wants a non threatening non white country to be attacked. Did Syria declare war on the USA? Why are you pushing for violence ? Typical right wing bloodlust,although you don’t want chechnya bombed.

    • Steve_J

      Obama shouldn’t be issuing ultimatums he isn’t prepared to back up.

    • mickeyco

      See? Told you he’d only attack if he could find a way to blame the GOP- and here’s the first of the fools to go for it.

      • Gary Freeman

        I agree. Michael S is another braindead liberal who can’t open their mouth without slamming the GOP. And they do it because they know there is no excuse for what their God Obama is doing or has done. So they stoop to pathetic insults because they have no defense. Obama has shown the rest of the world we’re cowards. He has shown terrorists that nothing will be done to them. First he did nothing about Benghazi, then made sure that the Boston Bomber isn’t declared a terrorist, now he’s letting Syria gas their own people without repercussions. So who knows what’s going to happen next.

        • IceColdTroll

          No kidding, I’m surprised he can even get his hands to the keyboard when they’re locked in a perpetual reacharound on Sock Puppet.

    • Gary Freeman

      Typical liberal, defending the coward in chief every time he screws up. And you want to talk about bloodthirsty? The left is always hoping NRA members are killed (that’s bloodthirsty), the left supports infanticide (that’s bloodthirsty), and they support Muslims no matter what they do that kills Americans. (that’s bloodthirsty). You libs praise him no matter what he does. What Obama has done is shown the rest of the world he is a coward. A terrorist attacks on our soil Obama won’t even call him a terrorist, even gives him a team of lawyers. So now terrorists know they can do whatever they wish. Syria gasses their own people and you libs applaud while Obama runs away with his tail tucked between his legs, which tells the Middle East that if they launched chemical attacks, Obama won’t do anything about it. You’re hero is going to get us all killed one of these days.

    • Joe W.

      Nobody wants to attack Syria, assclown. It’s YOUR boy that issued a threat that he was too stupid to realize he could not back up, and Assad called his bluff. Your hero is an inexperienced community organizer being schooled on the international stage by vicious dictators and tyrants, and YOU give him cover. Barack Obama is a danger to himself, OUR country and the whole damned world. And you losers love him anyway….IDIOT!!!!!

    • TocksNedlog

      This thread isn’t about what the right wants; it’s about WHAT the President said!


    • IceColdTroll

      Who says the Syrians aren’t white, you ffkng racist you?

    • Corey Dennison

      Why do you insist on missing the point?

    • NRPax

      And that was Michael S with his one note song “You’re all racists!” We’re looking forward to his next hit and hope to play it here soon!

  • TocksNedlog

    Quick, somebody alert the Vice President — the President appears to have lost his Big Stick!


    And yet, libturds still worship Obummer, despite him being a liar and being catastrophically dangerous to this country.

  • Marcy Cook

    His red line wasn’t red. He meant to say I draw a “pink” line. Totally different you dummies.

  • allenbarr

    I would prefer we leave Syria alone. These type thing go on in these type of countries. Leave it be.

    • BAW

      But Obama didn’t leave Syria alone. He said Assad had to go. You could say he helped create the chaos. And all we can expect is that he’ll continue to say things and possibly do things that just make matters worse.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Israel to Obama: “No jacka$$. Jay-Z and Beyonce aren’t here. Now go over there and sit in the fuc#ing corner you weak jug-eared idiot. We’ll handle this.”

  • Joe W.

    And to think this amateur assclown has the nuclear codes……and his Veep is worse….. We are screwed, fellow citizens….

  • CynicOwl

    The red line was unscripted. It was originally a white line, but O snorted it.

  • Richard Seufert

    He meant Fuschia

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Statistically speaking…

  • RonP

    How unlike Obama to say something he doesn’t mean. Scary that there are now enough idiots voting that this guy gets elected twice.

  • Daniel Brenek

    If you want to see if Obama used Israel to do his dirty work, watch the response from the White House to the air strikes. “Western intelligence source said the operation hit Iranian-supplied
    missiles that were en route to the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.” Bull! They hit the chemical munitions that Obama wouldn’t. The White House fully backs the strikes? When is the last time you saw that from this administration? I’m sure Iran stages their missiles in Syria while on their way to Lebanon? How did that happen without a common border?

  • grais

    Jeezis, which is worse, having the world hate us because of our power, or having the world point and laugh at us because Obama’s like a ridiculous child?
    “fundamentally change” much?

  • JustLikeAnimals

    I think most people are missing the salient point in all of this. Quiet simply, the “red line” comments are a strong representation of everything else that spews forth from this ass-clown’s putrid mouth. We’ve long known from numerous experiences that you cannot trust nor believe anything this con-man says. This is just the first self-admission of that fact. He has finally admitted to being a pathological liar and not meaning what he says. Like gun control, Obamacare, Benghazi, taxes, etc. You trust and believe this ass-clown at your own peril.

    • Grumpa Grumpus


  • Ginger Whetstine

    So, let me see if I understand this….. Only the words someone else writes down for him to say count and NONE of his own words matter. Does this mean they will start putting captions under him and color them differently depending on whether they count or not………. because that would really be helpful when foreign counties are deciding if we will be BOMBING them or ATTACKING them and stuff. Geez, Barry, wtf were you thinking? Or were you thinking at all?

    • Grumpa Grumpus


  • Whiteeagle

    I’m So Proud of Israel Today … and Further Disgusted by the ‘Lame’ lame duck President of the U.S.A. …… To GOD Be the GLORY !!!!

  • JustLikeAnimals

    This ass-clown’s whole “administration” is a gaffe.

  • fooyou

    Obama == Pussy

  • MyrmidoNOT

    Note: “teh oone” cares about our border-security,
    about as much…as he cares about us. (us = U.S. too, btw.)

    He cares ‘even less’ about the Syrians…or the Coptic Christians…
    or the Libyan “staff”…or maybe even Israel. (Feel free to add, to the list.)

  • SammFan

    Certainly would seem to help Israel understand that they’re alone on Iran.

    • neoface

      Mr. “I have your back-in-chief”. Yap, Mr. Netanyahu I wouldn’t count on this incessant liar.

  • Todd

    I was just looking and I couldn’t find anything in Rules for Radicals about chemical weapons and red lines so cut him some slack.

    • MyrmidoNOT

      WE heard ‘line in the sand’…
      HE meant ‘line in the dust’
      But with all that hot-air swirling around… 😉

      Why are WE even listening to this drivel?!?

  • IceColdTroll

    “It was unscripted.” LOL, he tried talking without his Mr. Teleprompter!

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Sure…BLAME the TOTUS.
      Next thing you know…the TOTUS will claim ‘victim’ status… 😉

  • Arnold Prairiemain

    Unscripted? What else has he said that is “unscripted”? Seems to me even the boot-licking liberals would want clarification on that — maybe even an “Obama Unscripted vs Scripted Reference”.

  • fed-up

    Obama is a human gaffe, Biden is a human gaffe. The entire Obama administration is a gaffe. The whole damne party of Democrats is a gaffe.

  • neoface

    Obama’s “red line” was borrowed from Netanyahu. All you sucker should know that Obama has been lying all his life, we notice more now because all his lies and gaffes are sound bites, forever on the internet super highway. He should have done himself and the American people a favor by not seeking second term. It’s getting harder for lamebrain public and MSM to defend and cover his azz. Let’s hope he and Biden resigns over the Benghazi debacle. We can always hope for a change. LOL!!!

  • oldgreyhairedlady

    And AGAIN the world laughs at us……….if we could throw all progressives out of the country today it will take a hundred years to rebuild what this ninny has done to us.

  • Jedd McHead

    “Did I say ‘red line’? I meant ‘dotted red line’ — my bad” — B.O.

    • brewerandpatriot

      “Totally had my fingers crossed guys!”-Obama

  • Man of Little Means

    So when Iran launches a Nuclear attack on Israel how long will Obama wait for the evidence to be processed

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      Longer than the longest half-life of any of the products produced there-by.

  • dunst43

    Remember that Bush 41 did the same thing about Iraqi invasion of Kuwait with “This will not stand.” He acted Presidential and got way ahead of his advisors. The difference is that Bush followed through and the invasion did not stand. The good old days.

  • Ben Bollman

    Since they have set this precedent can we now assume Obamacare was an off-the-cuff gaffe?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    The “Red Line” comment was so long ago, who even remembers? Maybe Obama can round-up some infected citizens in Syria, use them as props and campaign against chemical weapons. #TheObamaShow #He’sHereAllWeek

  • u2u2u2

    The “Red Line” was just campaign rhetoric for low information voters. Obama needed people to feel like he’s strong on foreign policy. That Obama, he’s quite a campaigner.

    But now he comes off as the Empty-Threat Mom in the Mall. We’ve all seen her in the Mall corridors. There’s a kid on the floor, throwing a kicking screaming tantrum because Mommy didn’t buy him the toy he saw in the store. Mom tries to get him to stand up and go with her by walking away and saying, “oK, bye bye, I’m leaving…” She looks back, kid is still on the floor, kicking around but watching to see if she’ll really go. Mom stops and comes back and tries something else, but now the kid knows she wasn’t serious about what she said. It was just tough talk with nothing behind it. Nothing loses credibility as fast and as deeply as the Empty Threat.

  • James A. Lonon

    Freudian slip.? Or just clueless?

    • ELC

      I go with clueless.

  • 1SkepticalChick

    Red lines & goalpost. Both are portable, folks!

  • ELC

    This is whose leading our country?Scary isn’t it?

  • almarquardt

    I watched a family member yell at his two-year-old son to quit doing something: “Do that again, and I’m going to spank you.”

    The kid did it again. Parent: same response. This must have happened three or four times, and the kid never did get that spanking.

    I thought, “No wonder he kept mis-behaving. The dad didn’t make good on his threats, so there was no recourse, or consequences.”

    How is this any different — aside from the fact people are dying horrific deaths? Paper Tiger is too generous. Watery pulp is more apt.

    • BAW

      My daughter likes to tell people that the only time she was ever fired, her mother fired her. When I eventually gave her a second chance, she was an outstanding employee and has been at every job she has held since.

  • rodethe500

    Yet another ‘evolved’ untruth by the pRetender in Chief.

  • MurphTacular

    Interesting story. If you read the whole article and not just the “let’s make this look as bad as we possibly can” excerpts and the obligatory Tweet-rants posted above, the acknowledgement by the Administration that they didn’t really want a marker is best understood in context of how for two years no one’s been able to do anything effective with the Syrian situation anyway. And as a result of the red-line comment, the Syrian rebels might very well get the weapons they’ve been seeking. And if you’ve listened to the rebels, you know that’s all they want, b/c they’ve been convinced for a LONG time that this will not end peacefully.

  • BAW

    “Notice that as soon as Obama clarified that his Syria “red line”
    warnings were utter BS, Israel goes in and does the job for him.” I was thinking maybe that was the warning Obama was issuing. Not that anyone should be worried about him but Israel might get them. But no, he said, “change my calculus.” Which was pure bloviation, like so many of his grand pronouncement (the list is long and depressing).

  • lainer51

    Syria, Schmyria – I have a tee time waiting for me!!!!!!!!

  • Mark McClinn

    Dont worry–Isreal is taking the point on this missison -and firing their asses UP!

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)
  • Jeremy

    what a POS

  • david west

    Folks if you haven’t figured it out yet, Obama epitomizes the quote, “He only lies when his mouth is moving.”

  • Brett the Brit

    So now we can add ‘Off-Prompter’ to the list of this administrations excuses of incompetence.

  • Jeremy

    Chris Matthews and the other lame stream media stooges will of course cover for Obama and say it’s no big deal.