Talk from both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned tough today in response to reports that the Syrian government has begun moving chemical weapons. “The world is watching,” said the president in a speech at the National Defense University, adding, “If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”

Earlier in the day, both Clinton and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had warned that use of chemical weapons would be crossing a “red line” in the view of the United States. The image of a red line reminded some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s #BibiBomb visual aid deployed at the United Nations in September to demonstrate the progress of Iran’s nuclear program. The media were quick to mock the chart as a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, so will they take Clinton’s red line seriously? Probably, although many people on Twitter were unimpressed.

While many question the placement of the red line in one nation and not another, others question the timing.

  • HARP2

    They are confusing a red line with the yellow one running down Barry`s back.

  • tredglx

    One must wonder what the 0bama misadministration truly finds repugnant. Conventional warfare that kills women and children: acceptable. Iran’s nuclearization: acceptable. Hamas sending rockets into Israel: acceptable. Al Qaeda massacre of US consulate personnel in Benghazi: acceptable.

    Syria’s use of chemical weapons: unacceptable. Israel responding to Hamas rocket attacks with airstrikes, and preparing for a ground invasion: unacceptable. Sending reinforcements to Benghazi to support a greatly outmanned and outgunned consulate security detail that’s under attack: unacceptable.

    100+ rounds of golf in first term: perfectly acceptable.

  • Seewetoldu

    With this spineless Muslim president Obama in office, I would think he will be more than accommodating to Syria.

  • Joseph Phillips

    And if you dare cross that red line, by gosh, we’ll draw another one!

  • JoeMusgo

    I’m still waiting for this administration to hold the perpetrators of the Benghazi murders to account as they promised. What are Obama and Hillary going to do to Syria, send in a fleet of drones? #ChickenHawks

  • Lin Jarvis

    Sorry, Syria you can continue to kill your people, but not with chemicals. #Hillary draws line.