Appearing on Meet the Press with David Gregory Sunday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) said that the wisest thing that Syria’s president Bashar Assad has ever done was to kill 1,200 of his citizens with chemical weapons.
He made the remark as he and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) discussed the situation in Ukraine with Gregory, claiming that because of our lack of action at the time, Vladimir Putin feels safe invading Ukraine in his quest to restore the old Soviet Union.
“I think the [Obama] administration is basically saying to Russia, ‘Look, don’t do anything overt. Don’t come across the border with 40,000 troops. Don’t embarrass us in that way. But you can continue to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine by doing the things that you’ve done,'” he told Gregory.
He went on to say that by reacting instead of acting, the President has made the United States appear weak, allowing Putin not to fear any repercussions as he moves to annex Ukraine since Obama allowed Syria’s Assad to use chemical weapons on his own people.
“I hate to say such a crass thing on Easter Sunday morning … The wisest thing that Assad did really was to kill 1,200 people with chemical weapons. Because, in essence, we said, ‘Don’t embarrass us anymore that way. You can go ahead and kill another 60,000 people with barrel bombs and by other means, but don’t embarrass us,'” he said.
As Murphy pointed out, the options open to the President are by no means guaranteed to succeed. The sanctions on oil and gas that have been proposed will only work with the cooperation of our European allies. Many of them are heavily reliant on that energy source.
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h/t: Huffington Post