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Washington Post: Obama shows 'extraordinary failure of leadership' on Syria

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Cape Town on June 30, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Obama's first official visit to South Africa where bilateral talks with President Jacob Zuma have been held, as well visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his fight against apartheid. Credit: Getty Images

The Obama administration has faced criticism from both the left and right for its non-interventionist approach regarding the civil war in Syria. The Washington Post, which in the past editorialized that President Obama was "weak" on the issue, upped the ante Friday.

From the Post:

IT HAS been a month since the White House informed journalists that President Obama had decided to supply Syrian rebels with light arms. Since then, the regime has launched a bloody new offensive in the city of Homs, using heavy artillery and rockets to attack residential areas held by the rebels. ...

The delay can be attributed in part to congressional resistance: ... [T]he administration’s plan has drawn objections from members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are responsible for reviewing covert operations. But the larger problem is an extraordinary failure of leadership by Mr. Obama. While deciding on intervention in a fateful Middle East war, the president has chosen a minimalist option likely to fail while declining to publicly explain or justify his actions.

The Post has also been critical of the administration's response to the military uprising in Egypt.


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