By JAVIER MANJARRES
Obama’s weak foreign policy on Syria continues to sting the embattled President, as two of his former defense secretaries have come out and criticized their former boss for his handling of the civil war in in that country.
According to a AP report, both Robert Gates and Leon Panetta agreed that Obama should have struck Syria, without Congressional approval, something he as President is allowed to do, if he sees fit to do so.
Speaking at a forum in Dallas, Gates and Panetta, Obama’s first two defense secretaries, disagreed on whether the United States should ultimately carry out a military strike in retaliation for a chemical attack that the U.S. says killed 1,400 people. However, both expressed skepticism (and occasionally sarcasm) about ongoing negotiations, led by Russia, for Assad to hand over his stockpile of chemical weapons to the international community. –AP
Panetta said he supported a strike because Obama needed to enforce the “red line” he set over Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
Gates joined Panetta in dismissing an attack on Syria, just to enforce the President’s “red line.”
But the longtime Democrat Panetta reiterated what many have been thinking and saying about the loss of credibility and standing in the world the United States has endured, after Obama has did not back up his “red line” threat to Syria.
Gates, who also worked in the George W. Bush Administration added this.
“When the president of the United States draws a red line, the credibility of this country is dependent on him backing up his word” –Leon Panetta
“I believe to blow a bunch of stuff up over a couple of days to underscore or validate a point or principle is not a strategy.”- Robert Gates
Ouch! John Kerry must not be too happy with that comment, after he stated that any U.S. strike on Syria would be an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”
For Obama to not back up his words with a strike would embolden Iran on nuclear weapons and other American enemies.”-Leon Panetta
The world waits to see what military action, if any, President Obama in an attempt to save face with the international community, and especially with the American people.Share and “Like” the story below. Leave a comment.