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Sen. Cotton: Obama's 'Weak and Conciliatory' Policies Emboldened Assad

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 07:01 PM

Sen. Tom Cotton Tuesday blamed Syria's deadly chemical attack on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and Iran, saying that the dictator had been empowered by the Obama administration's "weak and conciliatory" foreign policy.

"The primary responsibility goes to Bashar al-Assad and his sponsors in Moscow and Tehran," the Arkansas Republican, who sits on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "Our policy for six years under the Obama administration was weak and conciliatory — and it emboldened that access."

President Donald Trump was among several other Republicans slamming Obama for the chemical attack that opposition observers said killed as many as 58 people early Tuesday, including 11 children.

In 2012, Obama drew a "red line" saying that Assad would face consequences if he used chemical weapons against Syrians — but nothing materialized after he did so the following year.

"I know that the Trump administration right now is working through the national security process to reach an ultimate policy," Cotton told Tapper. "The policy needs to be that Bashar al-Assad needs to go.

"That's been my position for years and the Syrians — and, ultimately, that's been the position of many Syrians who have been brutally oppressed by him and our Arab allies in the region.

"Yes, we can make the destruction of ISIS in Raqqah our most-immediate priority because of the threat they pose to us, but ultimately, we're not going to have any peaceful resolution in Syria if Bashar al-Assad remains in power."

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Sen. Tom Cotton Tuesday blamed Syria's deadly chemical attack on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and Iran, saying that the dictator had been empowered by the Obama administration's "weak and conciliatory" foreign policy.
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