Few of us would disagree with the statement that Obama’s presidency was a disaster.
We don’t have to look far to find examples of his terrible decisions. Of course Obamacare jumps to mind first. This failed health care program created a massive burden on taxpayers, but also punished small businesses, drove heath care providers from the table, and increased the cost of health care for many Americans.
But Obama’s toxic polices hurt more than just our medical industry. His irresponsible rhetoric gave rise to social “justice”–a cancer that is destroying white and black relations. It was Obama’s comments that helped Black Lives Matter form, a group that vilifies cops and white Americans. It will take perhaps another generation before all those scares are healed.
Perhaps worst of all was Obama foreign policy. His decisions in the Middle East did not bring stability and an end to terrorism, but just the opposite. The Middle East is in chaotic turmoil, the conflicts bringing death and misery to all parts of the globe. Yet despite his decisions to cause this problem, Obama frequently refuse to take greater steps to end it.
Now even his own people–former aides–are calling out Obama’s mistakes. Perhaps a little late.
While the debate continues between supporters and critics of President Donald Trump’s military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, a former Obama official has made a startling allegation: the former president left behind “a more dangerous world.”
Moreover, the official was no “backbencher” — he was Obama’s senior director for defense policy and strategy on the U.S. National Security Council staff from 2008 to 2010, Barry Pavel.
Pavel told Fox News that Obama’s Syrian policy was a “major mistake.”
“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.
Syria has been a source of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, and future attacks. I worry about that very much.”
Many of President Trump’s most ardent supporters were shocked at his choice to attack one of Syria’s airbases. Yet the problems raging in that country are largely the result of the United States and Obama’s lack of intervention years ago.
Had Obama taken steps to oppose Assad and his harassment of civilians, the gas attacks could have been avoided. The migrant crisis destroying Europe might never have happened. Perhaps ISIS would not have grown.
Pavel agrees with critics of Obama’s foreign policy, including the repercussions from his infamous “red-line threat” against Syria’s use of chemical weapons — which he said taught adversaries that Obama “would never use military force for any purpose…”
“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.”
Now, at a time when the president should be focusing on rebuilding our infrastructure and economy, Trump is forced to intervene in the Middle East.
Who knows how long we will be committed to ending the violence in Syria? What kind of toll will it have on our own society?
Yet Trump is only responding to the terrible fallout of Obama’s administration.
The real question is, why? Why was Obama so reluctant to act in Syria? Why the red line? Why the refusal to stop Iran or Russia from getting their hooks in the unstable regime?
Was he simply afraid to get involved? Did he lack the basic leadership skills and know-how to conduct a military campaign? Or was there outside forces telling him not to?
We may never know. But the real tragedy is, we are forced to deal with the consequences.