By Justin Sink - 06/13/13 05:30 PM EDT
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that President Obama "welcomes" advice from former President Clinton, who earlier this week warned Obama that he risked looking like a "total fool" if he does not intervene militarily in Syria.
"Obviously, a lot of people who have expertise in the matter, both outside of Congress, in Congress, and inside government have perspective to add and opinions to contribute," Carney said. "The president welcomes all that."
Clinton made the remarks during a closed-press event for the McCain Institute for International Leadership in New York.
“Some people say, ‘OK, see what a big mess it is. Stay out!’ I think that’s a big mistake,” Clinton told Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), according to Politico. “I agree with you about this.”
Clinton also referenced his own decisions — and regrets — intervening in Kosovo and Bosnia.
On Thursday, Carney said that while Syria may be "analogous, but not perfectly so to the past," the president needed to make the best decision for "this particular situation."
"I think that the president is very aware of past precedent in these kinds of situations and in regards with the kind of decisions a president has to make constantly in matters of national security," Carney said.
In his remarks, Clinton did not call for specific military action in Syria. McCain has advocated for a no-fly zone and the arming of rebels fighting the Assad regime.
The White House has repeatedly said that all options remain on the table, but thus far has declined to escalate American involvement in the country.