Tags: Barack Obama | ISIS/Islamic State | Syria | michael mcfaul | syria | biggest | blemish

McFaul: Syria 'One of the Biggest Blemishes' of Obama's Admin

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 01:59 PM

Syria will be known as one of "the biggest blemishes" of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team, former Ambassador Michael McFaul said Tuesday, and he includes himself to blame for the failures.

"I think Syria will go down as an issue that was one of the biggest blemishes on the Obama foreign policy team, including me," McFaul told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "We need fresh ideas to resolve this horrible, horrible civil war."

Still, he insisted, the United States is fighting ISIS every day in Syria, and news that peace talks are being held that include Russia, Turkey, and Iran, but not U.S. delegation is "not a good thing," former Ambassador Michael McFaul said Tuesday.

"It's a very strange combination to be talking about peace in Syria," McFaul said. "We're fighting in Syria. Let's remind everybody. Let's remind your viewers, it's called Operation Inherent Resolve. You can go and Google it and find out what we're doing every day. We're fighting ISIS every single day. [We're] on the outskirts of Raqqah now, as well as in Iraq, so for a peace conference to happen without us there is wrong."

McFaul continued that he does not think the three countries involved in the talk can make peace in Syria, as you "need to have other players there, including, ultimately, members of the Syrian opposition."

Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, also part of the show discussion panel, said she agrees.

"The Russians and the Syrians and the Iranians and the Turks cannot solve this without us," Farkas said. "We have forces on the ground there in Syria and in the region. And they need us at the peace negotiating table as well as the moderates. So I don't think there's any way that we can stay out of this. It just means that the suffering is going to be prolonged until we can get in, in a decisive fashion."

Still, President Obama can jump into the discussions at any minute, said Farkas, and she'd like to see that happen.

"It's fine to have Secretary [John] Kerry doing the diplomacy, but if we really mean it, get the presidents of these countries engaged," said Farkas. "The other issue is that the Russians are now saying Secretary Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister Lavrov, his response to the assassination, the horrible assassination of their ambassador in Turkey, was to say that they're going to continue to wage this campaign in Syria, in an 'uncompromising and relentless fashion.' That's a quote."

But the first time Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his air force into Syria, it was "too late," said McFaul, but at this point, it's not Obama's problem anymore.

"This is President-elect Trump's problem," said McFaul. "There's nothing that's going to change in the next two or three weeks to change the outcome on the ground, and he's going to inherit this problem and he's going to have to develop a new policy to try to deal with it. It's still rather unclear to me what he plans to do in Syria."

If the United States had been more forceful, said McFaul, there matters may have been different, as "you don't get a real negotiation for peace when one side feels that they're winning."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
Syria will be known as one of "the biggest blemishes" of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team, former Ambassador Michael McFaul said Tuesday, and he includes himself to blame for the failures.
michael mcfaul, syria, biggest, blemish, obama, administration
544
2016-59-20
Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 01:59 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved