The President just voted “present” on the “red line” that he drew in regards to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. From The Weekly Standard;
“First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red line when it indicated that in a piece of legislation entitled the Syria Accountability Act that some of the horrendous things happening on the ground there need to be answered for. So, when I said in a press conference that my calculus about what’s happening in Syria would be altered by the use of chemical weapons, which the overwhelming consensus of humanity says is wrong, that wasn’t something I just kind of made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. There’s a reason for it.”
So, it’s Congress’ fault that we have to attack Syria because they ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1975. As near as I can tell, the CWC only forbids it’s signatories from acquiring and stockpiling or contributing to the spread of chemical weapons, there’s no requirement to attack anyone who is using the weapons (by the way, Syria signed the CWC without ratifying it).