During an impromptu press event Monday, President Obama addressed the conflict in Syria, threatening the Assad regime while using his most aggressive rhetoric yet in regards to the 18-month bloody civil war.
"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is (if) we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized," the president said Monday. "That would change my calculus."
During the event President Obama acknowledged he was not "absolutely confident" Syria's stockpile of chemical or biological weapons was secure, and pledged that the U.S. cannot have a situation where the weapons fall into" the hands of the wrong people."
If Assad were to deploy the weapons, President Obama said there will be "enormous consequences."
The Hill notes that the president acknowledged the likelihood of a “soft landing” for Assad at the conflict's end seemed pretty remote, and that the administration has been preparing for a range of contingency plans in Syria. During the conference President Obama also said the issue regarding the security of the weapons is a concern for the United States because of America's allies in the region, including Israel to Syria's south.
Israel's worries in recent days have focused on Iran though, where we saw another indication Tuesday that a strike to Tehran may be coming soon. Israel's Channel 10 news claimed Monday night that Prime Minister Netanyahu "is determined to attack Iran before the US elections," and is now "closer than ever" to a strike to thwart Tehran's nuclear drive.
Opening "Real News from The Blaze" Tuesday, the panel examined President Obama's place in both the conflict in Syria and tensions between Iran and Israel. Is the president's posture bringing both situations to a head? Would a second Obama term be a blow to progress on both the Israel-Iran and Syrian front? Watch a clip below featuring Christion Whiton of D.C. International Advisory: