Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Soft Magenta Line

“Excellent question. I will acknowledge that I did, in fact, lay down a red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and I will agree that I did, in fact, call the use of such weapons a ‘game changer,’ with the strong implication of military action to follow. However, as every man who has have ever gone shopping with a wife or a girlfriend knows, colors can be tricky things. You say green; she says teal. So after much consultation and review of the available evidence, we have determined that what I referred to as a red line is actually more a soft magenta.”

“So your other red line on the Iranian nuclear program—”

“Angry tangerine. Next question?”