For Obama, Syria Reveals Risks of ‘Deals With Dictators' - Did Obama screw up Assad deal?

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For Obama, Syria Reveals Risks of ‘Deals With Dictators'


  • After Syria gassed its own people in 2013, President Barack Obama avoided a military strike in favor of an agreement with President Bashar al-Assad to surrender all of his chemical weapons.
  • But last week’s deadly chemical attack has some former Obama advisers questioning the decision to negotiate with Mr. Assad.

Even before last week’s chemical attack, many veterans of Mr. Obama’s team considered his handling of Syria his biggest failing and expressed regret that their administration did not stop a war that has left more than 400,000 dead and millions displaced.

Many of them even praised President Trump for taking the very action that Mr. Obama refused to take four years ago, by ordering a cruise missile strike against Syria. “Donald Trump has done the right thing on Syria,” Anne-Marie Slaughter, the director of policy planning in Mr. Obama’s State Department, wrote on Twitter. “Finally!! After years of useless handwringing in the face of hideous atrocities.”,+Syria+Chemical+Attack+Shows+Risk+of+%E2%80%98Deals+With+Dictators%E2%80%99&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us

  1. For Obama, Syria Reveals Risks of ‘Deals With Dictators' - Did Obama screw up Assad deal?

    4 votes
    1. Yes
    2. No
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  • I don't support Trump's actions in Syria, but it looks like Obama's diplomatic approach with Assad backfired big time.  That's always the danger of negotiating with terrorists.  
    WhyTrump - a good question
  • That was a strategic mistake by Obama.  It demonstrates unwillingness to take real action
  • He did, and not only that he negotiated many other terrible deals. I used to be an independent, so, for this election I was really on neither candidates side, but I am now a leaning republican after everything that the Obama Era had done to this great nation of ours. I voted for Trump, because I believed he would reverse what Obama is doing. Although, he changed his stance on getting involved with the Middle Wast and Syria. Although, Trump mentioned that he changes as the world does, he bashed on Obama on this a while ago and now stands in the same position for this as Obama did. I do understand his point, but maybe, he made the wrong call on this one. I'm still a Trump supporter, but he needs to get his act together and his political positions.
  • @osietiper, You are making good points. I think though Trump's and Obama positions are a bit different on Middle East.  Obama tried to sign a deal with Assad that he will not use Chemical weapons while US stays away from Syria.  That deal apparently blew up, and Trump although originally was telling us he will stay away from Syria, is now striking there.  
    Obama unfortunately learned a lesson from his mistake - don't put your reputation on the line by dealing with terrorists.

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