Eyes roll when Obama whines he didn’t have ‘the tools’ to tackle Syria… but touts he at least ‘tried’

He has his sights set on that participation trophy.

While the current commander-in-chief was getting tough with fellow-NATO member nations on their legal responsibilities to the alliance, his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, lamented that he just lacked the tools he needed to deal with foreign policy issues.

“For example, I look at a place like Syria, where despite our best efforts — and this is something I worked on a lot — we still have a vicious war,” he said.

“And it is going to require, I think, everything we can do to recognize that what happens on the other side of the world… it has an impact on us, and we’re going to have to be invested in helping those countries find peace and prosperity.”

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Obama infamously ignored a red line he drew on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. President Trump ended up enforcing it later for him. But Obama offered an excuse.

“As president, I didn’t always have the tools that I want to effect those kinds of changes, but at least we tried,” he said. “And if you try long enough, eventually… the better angels of our nature win out.”

And what tools did Obama lack that his successor possessed? Here’s a possibility.

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And as usual, Obama held himself and his administration blameless — in everything.

Apparently that “red line” thing is still a sore subject for Obama. How about these?

But then again, he’ll always have this:


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