Obama Secretary of Defense: Obama Conceded Syria to the Russians
HAGEL: "Yes, it was a mistake. I think it was a big mistake. I think it was the biggest foreign policy mistake of the Obama Administration. We met for many months on this and had a decision agreed to, which the President had ordered a strike and then pulled it down. I think when we did that, that signaled to Russia and other nations that, first of all, the President of the United States' word is not good, and that's always dangerous.. But that signaled to the Russians, you can have Syria. And it was dangerous. As a matter of fact, when I left Pentagon in February 2015, one of the differences I had with the Administration was over Syria. I'd written a memo, which The New York Times got a hold of, a memo of Kerry and Susan Rice, and others in the Administration saying we don't have a clear Syrian policy. I was being hammered on by our NATO allies, by our Middle East allies, what is your policy? What are you going to do? What are you trying to do? We just didn't have one. So, you're right it. I think it was a fundamental mistake."
(h/t NTK Network)