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Obama’s balkanization plans devastated Syria: Analyst

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US President Barack Obama’s failed policy to “balkanize” Syria through a proxy war led to the devastation of the Arab country, says an analyst in Atlanta.

Jim Dean, the managing editor of Veterans Today, made the remarks while discussing the outgoing Obama administration’s recent sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The sanction targeted the Syrian military, 18 government officials and a tech company; all accused by the US State Department of developing and using chemical weapons.

This is while the Syrian government turned over its entire chemical stockpile under a deal negotiated by Russia and the United States back in 2013. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has overseen operations to remove the chemical arsenal from Syria.

The deal came after hundreds of people were killed in an August 2013 chemical attack in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus. The rockets used in the assault were reportedly handmade and contained sarin gas.

The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has frequently used chemical weapons both in Syria and Iraq, where the Takfiri group is mainly active.

Obama imposed the sanctions only “for having had his Syria policy defeated, which we are still trying to figure out what it was, what the benefit was to the US, because it appeared to be a program just to balkanize Syria,” Dean told Press TV on Sunday.

He argued that the Obama administration was seeking to break down Syria into smaller parts run by its “puppets” and even considered military action before opting for a “proxy terrorist war” to achieve this goal.

“Once again Obama has shot himself in the foot, this makes him look small,” he explained.

“Here he is left with a Syria that is devastated with several hundred billion dollars worth of damage and destruction that is going to take a generation to rebuild and this is something he is going to have to live with on his record long after he lives the White House,” Dean concluded.

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