Napolitano: Obama Too 'Thin-Skinned' to Retract 'Red Line' Comment

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 12:23 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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President Barack Obama wants to launch a military strike against Syria because he is too "thin-skinned" to walk back from his "red line" comment, former Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday.

"Why does the president want to go in there? Because of a stupid mistake he said during the political campaign when he was running against Mitt Romney a year ago. And he's too thin-skinned to say, 'I was wrong then. Forget about it,'" Napolitano, who is also a Fox News contributor, said on "Fox & Friends."

The president announced plans to launch a military strike against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government against its citizens. Obama stated last year that the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line," threatening a response by the U.S. should such an attack take place.

Napolitano maintained that the president does not have the legal authority to launch a military strike against Syria.

"The president needs to understand that it would be a violation of international law for him to do so. Syria, as vicious as the Assad regime is, has every right to defend itself from rebels, just as Obama would have the right to defend himself if people on the streets were shooting at the White House," he said.


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