A few months back, President Obama drew a "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria:
He warned of "enormous consequences" if Syria crossed that line.
Those consequences so far: sending small arms to the rebels. If this is all there is to it, he looks pretty foolish.
We hardly need yet another intervention in some conflict raging within anther Muslim country. Senator John McCain tweeted out a worse policy: a no-fly zone. First, because some group decides to revolt against their government, that does not automatically create an obligation on our part to do anything about it. Second, we do not know the identity of many of these groups or their ultimate objective beyond ousting Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
Maybe we should simply express one of those meaningless White House announcements about our wishes for a peaceful settlement that recognizes the rights of Syrian citizens and then shut up.
Drawing lines in the sand makes us either look foolish and impotent or will provoke us to actions that we will regret. They are no good for anyone.