The president may have insufficiently considered the implications of his red line comment but we disagree the comment was inherently a blunder. The president was restating conventional wisdom: Using chemical weapons transgresses an international red line that all governments must defend.
Syria is not a disposable bride; it is not a prop to be married to larger ideological struggle. It is not a political mistress with whom one can vacation to these miserable battlefields for liberation and make selective observations.
There has been mounting criticism of the Obama administration for setting a line in the sand on Syria -- the movement or use of chemical weapons -- and then apparently failing to act out on its promise. The criticism has come in two varieties.