STOCKHOLM — A defiant President Obama declared his credibility was not on the line when it came to Syria. Instead, he said, it was the credibility of Congress, and the international community, that was on the line.
“First of all, I didn’t set a ‘red line,’ the world set a red line,” Obama said at a joint press conference in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. “The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty.”