June 13, 2013
Former US President Bill Clinton challenged theObama administration’s handling of the Syrian civil war on Tuesday and advocated increased support of rebel forces, the Politico website reported.
Speaking at a closed-press event for the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Manhattan, Clinton told Senator John McCain he agrees that President Barack Obama should act more forcefully to support anti-Assad rebels in Syria, saying the American public elects presidents and members of Congress “to see down the road” and “to win.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that despite increased support in Congress and the administration for lethal aid, those closest to the president are divided on whether to begin providing Syria’s armed opposition with weapons or to consider more drastic steps such as using US airpower to ground Assad’s gunships and jets.
During the Manhattan event, Clinton implied that Obama or any president risks looking like “a total fool” if they listen too closely to opinion polls and act too cautiously, using his own decisions on Kosovo and Bosnia as a point of reference.