Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Thursday questioned whether President Donald Trump had a broader Mideast peace strategy after dropping a huge bomb on Afghanistan in hopes of defeating the Islamic State and other jihadists.
"The bomb was a big stick, but there's no walking softly with this president," Rather, 85, told Erin Burnett on CNN, referring to President Teddy Roosevelt's adage of "speak softly and carry a big stick."
"That was the case here, whether you like it or dislike it."
Noting last week's firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria in response to President Bashar al-Assad's recent chemical weapons attack, Rather said that "dropping bombs, putting missiles out, is a presidential decision.
"But that's the easy part. The tough part that comes is to what objective?
"One of the puzzles about Afghanistan through the Bush administration and the Obama administration to now is, 'What is the strategy?'
"What is the strategy and the same way with Syria? Shoot the cruise missiles, Tomahawk missiles off — but what is the strategy?
"It's unclear whether President Trump actually has a strategy in either place — and if he does, what is it?"
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