DC Decoder Did Bill Clinton goad Obama into stepping up in Syria?

Former President Clinton told a private forum this week that President Obama would look like 'a total fool' if he followed public opinion too closely on Syria. Now the US is sending small arms to the rebels.

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Of all the elements that fed into President Obama’s decision to send small arms to the Syrian rebels, the most intriguing possibility is the sharp criticism he faced earlier this week from the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton.