NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd reported this morning that the White House regrets publicly setting a red line with regard to Syrian use of chemical weapons:

"I can tell you there is regret about that red line comment," said Todd, "because if you --"

Host David Gregory interrupted, "In the White House?"

"In the White House in this respect," Todd continued. "You don't draw--I mean, they meant it. They do mean it on the chemical weapons. But saying it creates this political conversation. They didn't want to go public last week that they had this early evidence yet. They weren't ready. And yet they knew Congress was going to get this briefing and it was all going to get out, so they decided to go public with it last week because they felt they had no choice, that it was all going to start leaking out ... But they're not ready. There is no good answer."

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