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Panetta: Obama Sent a Message of Weakness to the World by Not Enforcing Red Line

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, during an interview on Friday, was very critical of President Obama’s failure to enforce a red line he set for Syria, saying it sent a “message of weakness to the world.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Panetta if the Obama administration was wrong not to enforce their red line when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill thousands of his own people in 2013.

Panetta told Mitchell that he thought Obama was right to draw the red line but thought that he need to enforce it.

“When there was hesitancy when we went to Congress to get their permission, and we didn’t take action, I think it sent the wrong message not only to Assad but I think to Russia as well,” Panetta said.

“I think it’s important when Presidents set red lines when they say we’re going do something, you’ve got to stand by your word,” Panetta added. “Otherwise, it sends a message of weakness to the world.”