Obama Slammed By Former Whitehouse Official: 'He Left A More Dangerous World'

President Obama should have used military force, as Donald Trump has done, to send a message to Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, according to some of the former administration’s officials.

Fox News reported that the ex-aides praised Trump for ordering missile strikes on a Syrian airfield to retaliate for Assad having allegedly killed more than 80 of his nation’s people in a sarin-gas attack. The former officials said the president they served made a mistake in 2013, when he did not respond similarly to a deadly chemical-weapons incident in Syria.

“I think (Obama) left a more dangerous world,” said Barry Pavel, chief of defense policy and strategy for the National Security Council staff from 2008-10. “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.”

Pavel lamented that “potential adversaries know we had the capability, but not the will” to act aggressively. “They knew that the Obama administration would never use military force for any purpose,” he explained. “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.”

Gary Samore, who worked on arms-control issues under Obama, also lauded the current commander-in-chief for bombing Syria. “I applaud Trump,” he said. “It was the kind of strike that Obama was planning – a limited military attack against the airfields in order to deter Assad from carrying out additional chemical weapons attacks, but he decided not to use it. Obama made a huge mistake by saying he was going to go to Congress for authorization. It turned out he did not have the votes. Trump was very smart to do it without congressional support.”

“I think the Trump administration is putting the world on notice,” Pavel told Fox News. “The U.S. can use military force to achieve particular goals without getting mired in a protracted conflict.”

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