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English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . Original background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fox News’ Ed Henry Challenges Obama on Syria’s Chemical Weapons — and Obama Redefines His ‘Red Line’

With evidence that Syria has purportedly used chemical weapons
against its own people, President Barack Obama spoke out today
against Bashar al-Assad and his regime. That said, he was somewhat more
measured and cautious when describing about how the United States plans
to handle the contentious scenario.

Fox News Ed Henry Challenges Obama on Syrias Chemical Weapons

US
President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press
Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2013.
The President on Tuesday answered questions from the press on a variety
of topics. Credit: AFP/Getty Images 

Last year, Obama said that the use of
chemical weapons would be a “red line” — one that would determine
whether more drastic steps would be needed to prevent additional
abuses. But, as National Review explains, the president was more tempered when discussing the issue today:

Despite evidence that the
Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its people, President
Obama today said that the United States will not intervene in the
conflict until both the administration and the international community
can establish that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. “We don’t
know how they were used, when they were used, who used them, we don’t
have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened,” he told
reporters.

Even if those facts were established,
the president — who previously said the use of chemical weapons would
constitute a “red line” — was more cautious today about whether even
definitive proof of their use would be sufficient to change his
administration’s calculus in the region. “It would cause us to rethink
the range of options that are available to us,” he said.

Watch Obama describe some of these elements, below:

Fox News White House Correspondent Ed
Henry started his questioning by asking the president, “Do you risk U.S.
credibility if you don’t take military action?” During an explanation
of the Syrian conflict as it currently stands, the president used the
words “game changer.”

As Mediaite notes, Henry then questioned whether a “game changer” would mean that the U.S. military would intervene. Obama then delivered the aforementioned response
about the necessity to “rethink the range of options” the U.S. — and
international community — has to rectifying the situation.

Here’s a more robust clip that shows Henry’s question and Obama’s complete answer:

(H/T: National Review)

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