John Ransom

Obama wants you to know that he didn’t build that “red line” in Syria.

You built it.

The roads and bridges and firefighters and the soldiers, sailors and airmen that you pay with your taxes, they built that red line.

The seas that have risen unabated thanks to global warming, the despair caused by the War on Women in the Arab world- you know the one where the Catholic Church in the United States objects to paying for abortions and birth control?- these are things the world community contributed to building that red line in Syria.

Thus, the world, helped build that red line too.

It’s their red line. And your red line.

But Obama did not build that line.

He didn’t build it. Nor does he own it. He didn’t build the economy or the healthcare system or the rescue of Detroit either.

Not. Obama.

In fact, he told me he was playing cards during all that stuff.

Secretary of State John Kerry wants you to know that while the invasion of Iraq didn’t pass his or the world community’s “global smell test,” that the Syria thing is an entirely different matter, even if the world disagrees with him.

When pressed for details on how the Syrian intervention passes the “global smell test,” the White House offered up the latest technology: the “common sense test.”

From the Associated Press:

The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But Obama's top aide says the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking.

"This is not a court of law. And intelligence does not work that way," White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said, part of a five-network public relations blitz Sunday to build support for limited strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"The common-sense test says he is responsible for this. He should be held to account," McDonough said of the Syrian leader who for two years has resisted calls from inside and outside his country to step down. 

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.

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