Obama: U.S. military action could not have stopped crisis in Syria
The United States’ military could not have stopped the crisis in Syria since a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq diminished its capacity, US President Barack Obama says.
Obama made the remarks in a televised interview on Friday when asked if he regretted not having used American military force in Syria.
"It is, I think, a false notion that somehow we were in a position to, through a few selective strikes, prevent the kind of hardship we've seen in Syria," Obama told CBS in Rome.
"It's not that it's not worth it," he added. "It's that after a decade of war, the United States has limits."
"Our troops who have been on these rotations and their families and the costs, and the capacity to actually shape in a sustained way an outcome that was viable without us having a further commitment of perhaps another decade, those are things that the United States would have a hard time executing," Obama said.
"And it's not clear whether the outcome, in fact, would have turned out significantly better," he stated.
The CBS interview was recorded before Obama flew to Saudi Arabia to discuss the Syrian conflict.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to sources, more than 140,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the unrest.
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