The rhetorical tic, “Let me be clear” infects nearly every statement that Barack Obama makes.
Yet then he turns around and disavows earlier statements in which he was abundantly clear.
This was Obama one year ago on August 20, 2012, when asked about Syria:
“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria. It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns…
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