Usually, Republicans are the ones complaining about the former Obama administration. You would be hard-pressed to find a Democrat willing to break ranks and admit that President Obama was a failure. But a few of them have and it is brilliant.
Two gentlemen who were former top foreign policy advisers under the Obama administration have spoken out against him. They admitted the President left the country a more dangerous place.
One of those men is Barry Pavel. From 2008 to 2010 he sat on the national security council as a senior director for defense policy. He recently spoke to Fox News about what he deemed to be a major mistake of Obamas; That mistake being not intervening in Syria. On Fox News he said,
“In Syria, a major mistake was treating it like a humanitarian crisis, when it was a major national security crisis that has caused destabilization of our closest allies in Europe. Syria has been a source of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, and future attacks. I worry about that very much.”
What Pavel was specifically referring to was President Obama not enforcing his red line. In 2013 after Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons the President called it a red line in the sand. Yet when Assad continued to use chemical weapons he did not follow through with his promise or threat. Instead, he negotiated a so-called deal that stripped Assad of its chemical weapons but this latest sarin gas attack proves that the negotiations were a failure.
Pavel argued that this revelation proved President Obama was all talk and no action. Arguably, Pavel said that what President Obama showed the world was that he was never going to use military force to achieve his goals.
“Potential adversaries know we had the capability, but not the will. Because they knew that the Obama administration would never use military force for any purpose, they felt free to conduct their coercive actions in the South China Seas, the Russians went into Iran and Syria and North Korea accelerated their nuclear arms program.”
However, President Trump took the exact opposite approach. As soon as the chemical attack took place in Syria he ordered fifty-nine tomahawk missiles to be launched off of American naval ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The missiles hit the same Syrian military base that perpetrated the chemical attack.
Based on President Trump’s actions he said,
“I think the Trump administration is putting the world on notice. The U.S. can use military force to achieve particular goals without getting mired in a protracted conflict.”
President Obama’s former arms and weapons of mass destruction coordinator Gary Samore worked for the President for four years and he said the following about Trump versus Obama foreign policy,
“Obama was too hesitant and too guided by a belief that dialogue was the way to deal with rogue leaders. I applaud Trump. It was the kind of strike that Obama was planning — a limited military attack against the airfields in order to deter Assad from carrying out additional chemical weapons attacks, but he decided not to use it.
Obama made a huge mistake by saying he was going to go to Congress for authorization, it turned out he did not have the votes. Trump was very smart to do it without congressional support.”
Even President Obamas former employees have to admit that the world was a more unsafe place under their boss. People did not take us seriously. They felt they could do anything and the United States would never engage them back militarily. But President Trump has sent an unbending message that when you commit atrocious human rights violations and conform to despotic rulers there will be consequences.
Not only are the Syrian people better off for it but the United States and the rest of the world are too. Because with someone like Assad out of power the less harm they can commit against others. It took courage to speak out against their former boss but clearly, they know the importance of speaking the truth during this very dangerous time. And a dangerous time it is.
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