October 4, 2016

FLASHBACK: Kaine Called Obama’s Syria Strategy “A Joke”

During the Vice Presidential debate, when the conversation turned to Syria, Senator Tim Kaine tried to defend the Obama-Clinton Syria strategy. Kaine’s defense was transparently political though, in light of his previous comment calling the Obama Administration’s Syria strategy “a joke”:

In An October 2015 Interview, Kaine Criticized The Obama Administration’s Syria Strategy As “A Joke.” “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Thursday criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Syria. ‘In Syria, the strategy’s a joke,’ he said on ‘The John Fredericks Show’ broadcasting from Chesapeake, Va. ‘The idea that you can train 30 people and put them in a civil war featuring millions and have them be effective is highly fanciful,’ said Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ‘You could tell they were Sisyphus trying to roll the boulder up the hill.’” (Mark Hensch, “Dem Senator: Syria Strategy ‘A Joke,’” The Hill, 10/9/15)