Gates: US war on Syria like ‘throwing gasoline on fire in Middle East’

Thursday, September 19, 2013
By Paul Martin

PressTV.ir
Wed Sep 18, 2013

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says a US military strike against Syria would be like “throwing gasoline on an extremely complex fire in the Middle East.”

Gates, who was speaking at a forum in Dallas on Tuesday, also hinted that Washington’s past military interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya showed that military action can lead to unintended consequences.

A proposal by Russia to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control has so far stopped US military strikes against the country.

The Syrian government was accused for a chemical attack near Damascus on August 21. Russia says that the foreign-backed militants staged the attack to incriminate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Gates dismissed attacking Syria to enforce a “red line” by President Barack Obama, the Associated Press reported.

“I believe to blow a bunch of stuff up over a couple of days to underscore or validate a point or principle is not a strategy,” said Gates, who also served as director of the CIA under George H.W. Bush.

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