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A British senior military advisor called President Obama a strategic failure militarily and a shadow of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

This week’s scathing assessment by Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the chief of the United Kingdom’s Defense Staff, came on the heels of another less-than-flattering critique of Obama, that one by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

The president’s strategic shortcomings became especially evident during what Strachan called Obama’s “crazy” handling of the Syrian chemical warfare crisis.

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“If anything, it’s gone backwards instead of forwards. Obama seems to be almost chronically incapable of doing this,” Strachan told The Daily Beast. “Bush may have had totally fanciful political objectives in terms of trying to fight a global war on terror, which was inherently astrategic, but at least he had a clear sense of what he wanted to do in the world. Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world.”

The Beast reported:

The dithering over intervention against President Bashar al-Assad has empowered the Syrian ruler, undermined America’s military reputation and destabilized the Middle East, said Strachan.

“What he’s done in talking about Red Lines in relation to Syria has actually devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability and it seems to me that creates an unstable situation, because if he were act it would surprise everybody,” he said. “I think the other issue is that in starting and stopping with Assad, he’s left those who might be his natural allies in Syria with nowhere to go. He’s increased the likelihood that if there is a change of regime in Syria that it will be an Islamic fundamentalist one.”

The British Parliament added insult to injury when it voted against military intervention in Syria during Obama’s confusing on-again, off-again saber rattling.

The Daily Beast, founded by the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, is generally considered to lean, if anything, to the left.


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