Muslim Congressman: Obama should’ve used force in Syria
A key problem of Washington’s strategy for Syria has been its inability to engage Iran, the lawmaker said
U.S. President Barack Obama should have used military force in Syria, said Keith Ellison, the first U.S. Muslim Congressman, in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel.
“Obama should have used military force to destroy the airports and to degrade Assad’s ability to fly and to harm the people,” he said.
He added that the Syrian crisis is currently in a state of stalemate.
“We’re at a point in Syria where the government can’t defeat the rebels and the rebels can’t defeat the government,” said Ellison, who advocated a “more robust peace effort” to solve the crisis.
Failure to support
Another mistake the U.S. president made was his failure to support opposition groups earlier on in the conflict, according to the lawmaker.
“Obama should have really engaged the opposition forces earlier on in the crisis,” he said.
A key problem of Washington’s strategy for Syria has been its inability to engage Iran, the lawmaker added.
“A big mistake is that we’ve never really engaged Iran in trying to resolve the conflict although they’re a key player and can’t really be ignored.”
Obama on Saudi visit meets with King AbdullahObama’s visit came following difference between the two allies over Iran and Syria News
Obama defends not using military force in SyriaOn his Riyadh visit, the president sought to allay criticisms of his decision to pull back from strikes against the Syrian regime Middle East
New Obama budget includes $1.5bn for Syria and neighborsMoney from U.S. intended to promote reforms and transitions in Middle East and North Africa Economy
From Ukraine to Syria: Obama pokes the Russian bearThe continuation of the Syrian crisis among other issues all promise to create a bigger rift between U.S. and Russia World
Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Iran, Ukraine concernsThe leaders discussed the need for the Syrian regime to adhere to its commitment to eliminate its chemical weapons World News