In August of 2012, Barack Obama made a statement that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons would constitute a “red line.” When Assad’s army killed more than 1,400 people with sarin gas one year later, the president initially believed that he would carry out a strike. Atlanticnational correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg takes us inside the day that Obama broke with the Washington playbook with his last-minute decision not to bomb Syria. To read more about the president’s foreign policy legacy, read The Atlantic’s April 2016 cover story, “The Obama Doctrine.”
Obama’s ‘Red Line’ That Wasn’t
Inside the president’s last-minute decision not to bomb Syria in 2013.