Today's version? He was forced into it, reluctantly. And the decision was made before the red line was even crossed, weeks ago (even though technically the red line was crossed back in April or earlier).
But this is too good. The two house organs of the White House are telling us that the Decider Guy didn't really decide, he was pressured (just like in Libya):
So when Mr. Obama agreed this week for the first time to send small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebel forces, he had to be almost dragged into the decision at a time when critics, some advisers and even Bill Clinton were pressing for more action. Coming so late into the conflict, Mr. Obama expressed no confidence it would change the outcome, but privately expressed hope it might buy time to bring about a negotiated settlement.What leadership. Does he have a skirt? Fight Syrian men, fight--you'll surely lose but a negotiated settlement may be yours! Hey, and if it all goes to worms, blame it on the advisors and McCain.
Mr. Obama left it to a deputy national security adviser, Benjamin J. Rhodes, to declare Thursday evening that the president’s “red line” on chemical weapons had been crossed and that support to the opposition would be increased. At the time, Mr. Obama was addressing a gay pride event in the East Room.Good Lord. The world must be coming to an end. This is apparently what it looks like in the beginning.