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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Former Ambassador Says Obama ‘Overlearned’ Iraq

Dennis Ross, pictured here in 2004, says President Obama's handling of Syria stems from his experience with the Iraq War. (Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Ross, pictured here in 2004, says President Obama’s handling of Syria stems from his experience with the Iraq War. (Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Ross was a foreign policy adviser to Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that when it comes to Syria, President Obama “overlearned” the lessons of Iraq.

“Every time he looked at Syria, he saw Iraq and feared this would become a new Iraq,” the former ambassador says. Ross argues the administration’s “policy of avoidance and then containment” contributed to a vacuum that ISIS has filled.

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