During the time Barack Obama was president, mainstream media and Democrats avoided criticizing his actions. And anyone who did was of course racist.
Now that he’s no longer President, we suddenly hear the criticisms from Obama officials of his actions as President including that his hesitation to use force in Syria and elsewhere emboldened adversaries and endangered us.
How about saying it while he was doing it? Putting country over party?
From Fox News:
But Obama, they say, was too hesitant and too guided by a belief that dialogue was the way to deal with rogue leaders. He preferred the olive branch to the stick in his efforts to appeal to leaders with dangerous instincts, they say.
“I think he left a more dangerous world,” Barry Pavel, senior director for defense policy and strategy on the U.S. National Security Council staff from 2008 to 2010, said to Fox News.
“In Syria, a major mistake was treating it like a humanitarian crisis, when it was a major national security crisis that has caused destabilization on our closest allies in Europe,” Pavel said, “Syria has been a source of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, and future attacks.”
Because Obama wouldn’t respond, it enabled bad actors to think there would be no force or military actions to curtail their illegal acts.
“Potential adversaries know we had the capability, but not the will” to strike out at aggressive actions by certain nations against their neighbors or their own people, Pavel, who is director at Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, said. “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.”
As Pavel points out, it wasn’t even until this year that troops finally arrived in Europe to support NATO and prevent another situation like Russia seizing Crimea in 2014. Pavel says that should have happened in 2014 to show our allies that we had their backs. He also says that we could have given Ukraine legitimate defensive weapons.
We had in fact agreed in 1994 to defend Ukraine from any attack by Russia in return for Ukraine giving up their nuclear weapons in a deal involving…Barack Obama.
Pavel said in Syria, the Obama administration didn’t seem to get that there were measures between doing nothing and a full-scale attack.
Both Pavel and Gary Samore, Obama’s White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), applauded Trump’s missile attack on Syria and said he was right to do it without Congressional approval.
Even Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, weighed in, saying that Obama’s desire for a kinder, gentler approach to adversaries was counterproductive.
“For me, this tragedy underscores the dangers of trying to do deals with dictators without a comprehensive, invasive and permanent inspection regime,” said McFaul after the Syrian chemical attack earlier this month. “It also shows the limits of doing deals with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. Surely, the Russians must have known about these chemical weapons.”
True enough, but then the problem also is state that up front, don’t lie to us and claim they’re all ‘verifiably’ removed as the Obama administration did, even up to this year in statements from Obama himself and the always factually-challenged Susan Rice.
Tony Blinken was one official in the past week who revealed those assertions to be lies, saying, “We always knew we had not gotten everything,” and “that the Syrians had not been fully forthcoming in their declaration.”
The foreign policy problems that President Donald Trump is saddled with today are not of his own making but are the fault of the failure of Obama to act and then lying or covering up the reality.
This has left us weaker and in greater peril around the world.
The Syrian missile strike was a very small thing on a relative scale of actions.
But how sad that we needed it to remind people that the U.S. backs up what it says.