The Georgia senator criticized President Barack Obama's decision not to use air strikes against the Syrian regime few weeks ago.
"I thought [President Obama] should have made the decision early on," said Chambliss, ranking member of the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence. "That was his first mistake. Previous commanders-in-chief did it quickly. Get it over with, move on, and we’re talking about something else.
“Here, when he delayed his decision, in effect, and then changed his mind, it was pretty clear that the Russians and everybody in the Middle East part of the world saw a weakness. And that weakness was really exposed when he wound up going to the negotiating table with the Russians."
Obama declared publicly several months ago that if the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its civilians, the United States would take drastic steps against the regime.
The divisive vote never took place, when Russian President Vladimir Putin offered an alternative plan of disarming Syria.
Chambliss believes that the result is not favorable to U.S.
“So, yeah, I think this outcome is much worse than if we had gone in and fired a few missiles," he said. "Nobody wants to see collateral damage. But the damage we would have caused would have been minimal – and it would have been over with. And [Assad] would have capitulated if we had done it right. So, yeah, I think the result is much worse than it would have been.”
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