Officials from the Obama administration are on defense over criticisms of the former President’s approach to Syria during his term, per Associated Press.
—so they’re blaming Republicans because, of course.
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“Once you put it in Congress’s hand, it became clear at that time that they were not ready to assume responsibility,” said Dennis Ross, a former Obama administration adviser on the Middle East. “But the problem wasn’t that Congress wasn’t seen as lacking in responsibility, it was that the president was seen as having drawn a ‘red line’ and when it came time to act on it, he didn’t and that had an impact on the way the U.S. was seen in the aftermath.”
Former aides tweeted about the criticism over the weekend:
“Times change. In 13, Speaker asks Obama how: ‘justification comports with exclusive authority of Cong authorization'” tweeted Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser under Obama.
Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for the Obama National Security Council, sent out Trump’s tweet demanding Obama get congressional approval. “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval,” the businessman tweeted in 2013.
Americans have been abuzz over Obama’s “red line” comments from a few years ago, when he set boundaries for Assad and never followed through on the promised consequences of overstepping them.