Former Netanyahu Advisor: Obama Risks Making Syria Situation Worse

Monday, 09 Sep 2013 05:02 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A former top adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Obama administration should avoid a military strike of Syria because the toppling of the Assad regime could lead to al-Qaida taking over.

"It's a terrible situation and by getting involved militarily when you don't have a plan and you don't have the confidence of your country, the Congress, or the world, and you're pretty much all by yourself," Joel Rosenberg told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"President Obama has the risk of making the situation much worse [by] toppling Assad, which, in a different environment, would be good, but in this environment it really could be that al-Qaida takes over.

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"And then what do you do when al-Qaida suddenly is in control of the storehouses of chemical and biological weapons? I mean, that is a nightmare scenario."

Rosenberg, author of "Damascus Countdown," said he believes the U.S has squandered much of its political clout in the Middle East.

"President Obama [is] being perceived widely in Washington, broadly across the United States and even more broadly across the world … as weak, dithering, vacillating, unclear how to proceed, whether to proceed, what to do," he said.

"Here are a number of implications of that, one of which is that … Netanyahu, is looking at this and he and his team have to be thinking, if President Obama's having this much trouble with how to handle limited strikes in Syria, there is very little chance that this president is going to know how to handle a much larger, existential, strategic threat, which is the Iran nuclear program."

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