Gates, Panetta criticize Obama handling of Syria Staff
Posted: Sep 18, 2013 12:40 PM
President Obama’s two former Defense secretaries, Bob Gates and Leon Panetta, on Tuesday criticized his handling of the Syria crisis. The former Pentagon chiefs said they would not have sought congressional approval to strike Syria after leader Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, crossing Obama’s “red line.” Obama made a last-second decision to consult lawmakers and then asked congressional leaders to postpone a vote in favor of a diplomatic solution after widespread backlash on Capitol Hill. Panetta, who also served as Obama’s CIA director, said the president undermined U.S. credibility by not following through with a strike against Assad.