Kredo: Obama Administration All Words, No Action in Syria

• October 10, 2016 8:27 pm


Washington Free Beacon senior writer Adam Kredo appeared on One America News to break down the Syrian crisis and explain how President Obama has exacerbated the problem with his policies.

OAN anchor Liz Wheeler said that over 450,000 people have been killed and 1.8 million people have been wounded since 2011. Kredo called the crisis a "humanitarian tragedy" and said that it is important to figure out why it has gone on so long without intervention from the United States.

"We have let the forces from Syria's Bashar al-Assad, we've let the forces from Russia, we've let the forces even from Iran run wild to prop up Assad and this is why we see continued bloodshed there, honestly," Kredo said.

Wheeler then asked Kredo what the Obama administration did wrong in the beginning to make the conditions worse over in Syria.

Kredo said that the first mistake of the administration was doing virtually nothing in Syria after Obama promised to use military force in Syria if the Assad regime used chemical weapons.

"I think everybody will remember well these red lines that were imposed by the Obama administration. Assad cannot use chemical weapons. Red line [crossed]. What was the repercussion? None. We've only used words. We've not used action," he said.

"We've not really made an effort to stymie this before it begun and the repercussions are not just the fatality of innocent civilians, the repercussions are that we have an influx of immigration in a way that we cannot vet. We have no ability to really go over the individuals we are letting into this country and we've also got into a place where Syria has become a training ground for Jihadists, for Iranian forces, and for other bad actors that are going to cause instability elsewhere in the region."

In addition to Obama not keeping his promise on the "red line" strategy, Kredo pointed out Obama's inconsistencies on how to handle Assad. Kredo said that the Obama administration has called for Assad to go and then walked that position back, which he says empowers our enemies because of instability.

Wheeler also tied Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton into the conversation since she was Secretary of State when Obama first discussed the "red line" strategy. She referenced an interview of Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook where he struggled to articulate Clinton's strategy in Syria.