Corey Lewandowski may no longer work for Donald Trump, but the president’s first campaign manager is staying in the spotlight as a prominent surrogate for the president, this time over the Syria airstrikes — and he’s hitting Barack Obama hard.
In an appearance Saturday on “Fox & Friends,” Lewandowski said the crisis in Syria wouldn’t be in place if the Obama administration had enforced its “red line” policy on the Syrian regime.
The former campaign manager also praised the president for a decisive move against the Assad regime.
“I think the American people wake up today, I think people around the world wake up and thank the United States, Great Britain and France for standing up to a brutal dictator who was killing his own people with chemical weapons, and they are thankful that the American people and this president is not the previous administration,” Lewandowski said.
“And we have now seen, on two separate occasions, that the United States is responding when a brutal dictator decides to kill his own people, there are repercussions,” he added. “What we have seen is that we are the greatest military in the world. The precision with which we acted last night and early this morning shows exactly why we are the greatest superpower on the Earth.”
Lewandowski said partnering with the United Kingdom and France for the military response “was a very important process for us to demonstrate to the world we are in this together.”
Lewandowski also struck out at liberals who were decrying the strike as dangerous in what they said was a lack of a cohesive strategy on Syria.
“The liberals can discuss this all they want,” Lewandowski said. “The reason we’re in this situation with Assad is because Barack Obama drew a line in the sand which meant nothing.
“There were no teeth behind it,” he said of Obama’s uol. “The chemical weapons, which were supposed to be a red line in the previous administration, meant nothing. And we’re here today, and people lost their lives in Syria, because the previous administration did nothing to prevent it from happening.”
Lewandowski’s remarks seemed to be intended for prominent Democrats who criticized the strike.
“President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress’s approval is illegal and — absent a broader strategy — it’s reckless,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, said of the action.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also said that “one night of airstrikes is not a substitute for a clear, comprehensive Syria strategy.”
Somewhat surprisingly, nobody in the party of the donkey seemed to complain about the Obama administration’s lack of a comprehensive Syria strategy or made note of the fact that just last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis pretty much laid out before Congress what the comprehensive strategy was.
“We are not going to engage in the civil war itself,” Mattis said. “Now, you can look back to a year ago when we did fire missiles into Syria unrelated to ISIS, and that was, of course, the use of chemical weapons. And some things are simply inexcusable, beyond the pale, and in the worst interest of not just the chemical weapons convention, but of civilization itself.”
That seems to be a pretty decent sketch of a “clear, comprehensive Syria strategy” without revealing specific strategic points. That’s also something we didn’t typically get under the Obama administration, when “red lines” were drawn and then ignored when they were crossed.
America needed to respond to the atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad — and thankfully, we now have an administration willing to do so.
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