Obama's 'Red Line' That Wasn't
Mar 10, 2016
In August of 2012, Barack Obama made a statement that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons would constitute a “red line.” When Assad’s army killed more than 1,400 people with sarin gas one year later, the president initially believed that he would carry out a strike. Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg takes us inside the day that Obama broke with the Washington playbook with his last-minute decision not to bomb Syria. To read more about the president’s foreign policy legacy, read The Atlantic’s April 2016 cover story, “The Obama Doctrine.”
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Authors: Daniel Lombroso, Jeffrey Goldberg
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