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Obama’s Biggest Mistakes in Syria

May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, isn’t the only leader who is crossing “red lines” these days. U.S. President Barack Obama has also crossed a few. Here are three of them:

1. He crossed a red line by asserting the existence of a red line that he then failed to treat as a red line. It’s now clear to American allies, including the U.K., Saudi Arabia and Israel, that the Assad regime has deployed small amounts of chemical weapons against its opponents. It seems likely that the regime did this partly to test the West’s reaction. And so far the West has failed to react.