Does anyone else find it interesting – and also incredibly frustrating – that, during Barack Obama’s time as president, the mainstream media and Democrats avoided criticism of his actions at all cost? Yet, now that he’s no longer in office, we suddenly hear them?
If you’ve missed any of those criticisms, see the below (via Fox News), coming from Barry Pavel, senior director for defense policy and strategy on the U.S. National Security Council staff from 2008 to 2010, and Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia:
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.”
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, saying it was the right thing to do, even without Congressional approval.
“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.”
While it’s great to hear that officials are finally saying these kinds of things now, where were these comments years ago when they could have been far more useful?
If only they hadn’t tucked these kinds of things away during the Obama presidency, perhaps the foreign policy problems that President Donald Trump is dealing with today wouldn’t be so bad. It’s pretty sad that we needed Obama’s vacancy and Trump’s decisive action to remind the rest of the world that the U.S. backs up what it says.