Now that he’s out of office, Barack Obama is finally free to tell us about all the brave things he did as president. Things like … not taking action when Syria crossed all those red lines even though he said he would:

So. Much. Courage:

But I actually think that the issue that required the most political courage was the decision not to bomb Syria after the chemical weapons use had been publicized and rather to negotiate them removing chemical weapons from Syria.

Now, we know subsequently that some remained, so it was an imperfect solution. But what we also know is that 99 percent of huge chemical weapons stockpiled were removed without us having to fire a shot.

And it wasn’t a slam dunk, but I thought that it made sense for a variety of reasons for us to see if we could actually try to eliminate the prospect of large-scale chemical weapons use rather than the political expedience of a one-time shot.

Well, Barry, you thought wrong.

Congratulations to ex-President Barack Obama on being so courageous.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.



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