Gingrich says Obama ‘following from behind’ on Syria

September 15, 2013
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) Former House speaker Newt Gingrich. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Former House speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday criticized President Obama's strategy for dealing with Syria, saying he is "following from behind."

"We are now relying on the Russians," Gingrich said on CNN's "State of the Union." "This is not a good long-term position."

Gingrich also suggested that Obama's diplomatic strategy has cost the United States diplomatic clout. "You have Putin playing chess and Obama playing, frankly, a very lucky game of tic-tack-toe," he said. "Putin stepped in to maximize Russian influence in the Middle East. That is a strategic defeat for the United States."

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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