"With respect to a red line, I can't go into the details here, but I tell you there's a red line, and people know what it is. The people who need to know, know what it is."
If anyone asked who the "people who need to know" might be, it was not reported in the Arab press.
What no one wants is for the Syrian rebellion to spill over into an all out war which would involve Turkey (which shares a 510 mile border with Syria) and/or Iran and/or Israel.
Israel is concerned that an uncontrolled collapse of the al-Assad regime might lead to those stockpiles of chemical weapons, as the NY Times reported, "falling into the hands of rogue groups equally opposed to Israel."
Adding to the complexity of the situation, Turkey, this week, began military training exercises along the Syrian border in areas said to be controlled by Kurds (who want an autonomous state for their people both in Syria and in Iraq).
It was reported yesterday morning that President Obama had signed a "secret order" supporting the Syrian rebels. According to Reuters news agency, the President signed "an intelligence 'finding,' that broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad."
As Fred Thompson said in his role as Adm. Josh Painter in "The Hunt for Red October:" "This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it."
Syria is becoming very serious, indeed.