Back during the Obama administration, the president set a “red line” he said the Assad regime in Syria couldn’t cross without repercussions — namely, the use of chemical weapons. The Assad regime crossed it. The Obama administration did nothing.
When Assad used chemical weapons on his own people again earlier this spring, President Donald Trump did not respond as weakly. Instead, he quickly struck at a key Syrian airfield. The strike on Shayrat air base demonstrated to the Assad regime that there was a new proverbial sheriff in town, and he wasn’t going to deal with their transgressions lightly.
You can imagine this had Bashar al-Assad and his multitude of satraps listening somewhat more closely when the White House promised that any further use of chemical weapons would be met with a similar display of force.
According to The Hill, press secretary Sean Spicer set the new red line in a statement Monday after he said the United States had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime.”
“The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack,” Spicer noted in the statement.
He added that a chemical weapons attack “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”
The press secretary closed with an ominous warning to Assad and his regime should they cross the red line…
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