Charlie Rose interviewed former National Security Advisor General Jim Jones on Tuesday and heard something that contradicts the President’s opinion of our foreign policy record, especially in the Middle East.
During last Monday’s final debate, the president stated that his policies in the Middle East were working and progress was being made in the region. Beyond the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama also claimed that al-Qaeda has been significantly diminished, and extremism was waning. Romney countered with the obvious mention of the embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt, plus the prolonged unrest in Syria and North Africa.
For the record, Ret. Gen. Jones served as National Security advisor for the first two years of the Obama Administration from 2008-2010. When Jones retired, President Obama praised his work in a Rose Garden ceremony saying:
“Serving as national security adviser is one of the most difficult jobs in government. But through it all, Jim, like the Marine he has always been, has been a dedicated public servant and a friend to me.”
Here’s what Gen. Jones has to say about the current conditions of our foreign policy:
The whole set up for analyzing the world we faced was based on an initial premise that we need to take, us, size up the problems, talk to the people that were historically causing us difficulties, and see if there were some way to proceed ahead. We now know, in some cases, we made some progress. I would cite the START Treaty as a successful couple of years of hard work with the Russians. On the other hand, with the Middle East and Iran, we’re probably right back where we were three or four years ago.
Watch the clip below:
(H/T: The Washington Free Beacon)