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Obama Secretary of Defense: Obama Conceded Syria to the Russians

"That signaled to the Russians that you can have Syria," Chuck Hagel said.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2019 @10:11am

Former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said the Obama administration never had a clear Middle East strategy during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Amanpour asked Hagel about how the Obama administration handled the crisis in Syria and why the administration didn’t take out bad actors in the region when they had the chance.

“Yes, it was a mistake. I think it was a big mistake. I think it was the biggest foreign policy mistake of the Obama administration,” Hagel said.

Hagel said that when Obama didn’t order a strike on Syria after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his people, “it signaled to Russia and other nations, first of all, the President of United States’ word is no good.”

“That signaled to the Russians that you can have Syria,” Hagel added before saying that the Obama administration “didn’t have” a policy when it came to Syria.

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