Rep. DeSantis: Obama Speech a 'Display of Foreign Policy Incompetence'

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 10:27 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Rep. Ron DeSantis Tuesday characterized President Barack Obama's speech on Syria to Newsmax as "a typical Obama performance."

"He didn't say anything new," the Florida Republican told Newsmax. "This is just topping off a catastrophic display of foreign policy incompetence."

"He basically repeats all the same arguments," DeSantis added. "He still has not defined a clear military purpose for what he wants to do — certainly no Plan B: If you strike, what happens? — for him to categorically rule out boots on the ground.

"You cannot do that if you're going to be honest with the American people, because you don't know what [Syrian President Bashar Assad] would do once you strike," he said. "All those problems are still there.

"The American people have heard the arguments that they have been making. When Americans support using our military abroad, they want to see a clear plan," DeSantis added. "They want to know what they need to do and when — and policymakers want to know that there's broad public support for the effort.

"The public has to be bought into this, and clearly they have not bought what he has said."

The first-term congressman was just as skeptical of Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal that Syria surrender its chemical weapons to be destroyed by the international community that Obama cited in his speech.

"Putin is just looking to humiliate the president on the world stage, essentially forcing him to stand down, deal with Assad," he told Newsmax. "Why would Russia care about chemical weapons in Syria? They have no incentive to care.

"What they care about is that they see an opportunity to exploit a floundering American president and hurt the credibility of Barack Obama and, by contrast, Putin is looking to enhance his influence and power on the world stage," DeSantis said. "At this point, Obama has walked into the trap that Putin has set for him."

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