State Dept. Dodges on Question of “Red Line” in Syria


Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee pressed Deputy Spokesperson Toner over American response in Syria during the State Department’s press briefing Friday.

“A sarin gas attack could kill a lot of people or it could kill just dozens. But that is a red line. Whereas those dozens of deaths would be a red line if they’re caused by a chemical weapons attack. But 40,000 deaths from conventional weapons is not enough to bring international intervention?” Lee asked.

Toner responded that the State Department has “not said what [it] would do, only that it is a red line.”

Reports of President Assad readying chemical weapons for attacks against his fellow Syrians have increased this week.