"A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."
Well, Assad has started "moving around" a "whole bunch" of chemical weapons, so Obama has drawn a new line in the sand. Speaking several days ago at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium in Washington (see: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/obama-warns-syria-use-of-chemical-weapons-totally-unacceptable/), Obama stated:
"The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable."
Obama further warned, “I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching.” Yes, Obama like to watch.
As even acknowledged today in a New York Times article entitled "U.S. Shifting Its Warning on Syria’s Chemical Arms" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/world/middleeast/syrias-chemical-weapons-moves-lead-us-to-be-flexible.html) by David Sanger and Eric Schmitt, Obama's intentions are anything but clear:
"When Mr. Obama warned against moving chemical weapons, administration officials said he did not mean shifting the weapons from one site to another, which has happened several times, but preparing them for use.
But in recent days, that is exactly what intelligence agencies fear has happened. American officials have detected that Syrian troops have mixed small amounts of precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, at one or two storage sites."
But why should we be surprised? Obama also made it be known to Iran's mullahs that he would not permit them to build a nuclear weapon, and further warned (http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/):
"As president of the United States, I don't bluff."
Well, the mullahs long since called Obama's bluff, and Tehran's nuclear weapons development program continutes unabated.
I suppose this is what happens when the world comes to the realization that an invertebrate is sitting in the Oval Office.