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Dem Senator Murphy: Obama’s Attempt to Train Syrian Rebels Was a ‘Epic Disaster’

On this weekend’s “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said President Barack Obama’s attempt to train Syrian rebels was “bad plan” and a “epic disaster.”

[Relevant portion at 8:00]

While discussing the Syrian refugee crisis Murphy said, “There is a belief that the United States can go into the Middle East and solve any problem and I think we have to have a little bit less hubris here and understand that this conflict is so complicated for the United States to get involved, it may work against our national security interests.”

Wallace said, “How about the fact that President Obama announced this big plan to train up the Free Syrian Rebels, as you talk about. He spent $40 million on that we have trained a grand total of 50 Syrian rebels and they have all disappeared.”

Murphy replied, “It was a bad plan. It was a epic disaster everybody and an example of how U.S. intervention can go wrong, not right. If even we had trained the rebels, they were likely going to go on the ground and serve side by side with al Qaeda, the very  group that is now trying to spur lone wolf attacks against us. I think we have got to have some understanding of the limits of american power there and focus on this humanitarian relief effort. That is the most important thing right now.”

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