Obama is in a real legacy mess when his own advisers keep turning on him and the most recent defect really stings.
“I think he left a more dangerous world,” said Barry Pavel, the Obama senior director for defense policy and strategy.
It is definitely beyond argument that Obama made the world a more dangerous place by taking a weak approach to foreign policy, leading from behind, and appeasing.
Obama’s handling of world events are under scrutiny since the successful action of President Donald Trump to launch a missile strike on Syrian for using chemical weapons against its own people. Obama had said such action would be a red line Syria must never cross, but he did nothing when it happened.
Now some ex-Obama officials say hesitation to use force in Syria, elsewhere, emboldened adversaries and created the mess that President Trump is having to deal with presently.
Many of those officials wanted and urged Obama to act firmly and concisely like President Trump has.
News of President Trump’s response to the Syrian chemical attack left several Obama administration officials with a sense of frustration and a reluctant feeling of vindication.
Trump’s decision to act swiftly and decisively, with an airstrike, was what they had wanted to see Barack Obama do in 2013 when he was president and the world learned of the Syrian government’s chemical attack that killed some 1,400 people, including hundreds of children.
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. I worry about that very much.”
The world watched the United States’ underwhelming response to rogue moves by the Syrian government and by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, Pavel said. They got the message that illegal actions would not be met with military actions.
Gary Samore, former Obama coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and Pavel both praised Trump for taking a hard line against Syria.
Michael McFaul, Obama’s former ambassador to Russia, said Obama’s deals with dictators were counterproductive.
As the years roll forward, we will see more and more I am sure! History always bears out what happens when you lead from weakness. IN FACT! So does a school yard or a family. If Obama had raised his girls using a position of weakness they might be out partying and…oh..wait….well never mind.
Put a weak teacher in a school yard and you will get chaos.
Trump himself highlighted the difference after U.S. forces dropped America’s largest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan.
“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks. Compare that to really what’s happened over the last eight years. You’ll see there’s a tremendous difference,” Trump said last Thursday.