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Biden: Diplomats Critical of Syria Policy Don't Have 'Single, Solitary Recommendation'

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 10:54 AM

Vice President Joe Biden said current and former diplomats did not present any valid plans when they rebuked the Obama administration's policy on Syria.

Biden referred to a dissent channel report signed by 51 State Department advisers, who called for a military strike on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"There is not a single, solitary recommendation that I saw that has a single, solitary answer attached to it — how to do what they're talking about," Biden said in an interview with "CBS This Morning."

President Barack Obama has discussed plans with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the intelligence community, asking "'Will this work? And this answer has repeatedly been, ‘No,'" Biden said.

Adding that "taking out" dictators has not ended in success because the targeted country falls apart, such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi.
 
"What happens then?" Biden asked. "Doesn't it become a place where it becomes a petri dish for extremism?"

The U.S. should ask before using force against a country, said Biden. "Is it in the security interest of the United States? Are our interests directly threatened? Will it work? Can it be sustained?"

"While I understand the frustration, these are hardly the people the president would turn to for military advice," former State Department official Perry Cammack said about the diplomats who signed the letter, according to The Washington Post.

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