Some red lines cannot be crossed, and gassing Syrian children is one of them.
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Putin kicked more sand in his face. Obama on diplomacy and peace. This from the guy who has been arming Bashar al-Assad to the teeth and blocking the United Nations from doing anything about it. I guess it's always possible that the Syrian dictator memorably likened to a "human toothbrush" by Christopher Hitchens will immediately surrender his stockpiles of chemical weapons which he has claimed he doesn't have , welcome UN weapons inspectors with open arms and give armed protection to the squads of experts who will be necessary to decommission and destroy his various caches of nerve gas, who will somehow do their jobs in the midst of a the bloody civil war that has already destroyed half the country.
Or maybe the UN can send in peacekeepers to put it under international control. Or maybe the Easter Bunny will intervene. More likely is that Mr. Like most everybody else, I'm confused as hell over Syria.
The trouble is, Mr. Obama is confused, too. This is not reassuring. He appears to be making it up as he goes along. The only thing that's clear is that he hates — really hates — being commander-in-chief.
He was the guy who was going to get the United States out of all of George W. Bush's problem was that once he made decisions, he never second-guessed himself. Obama's problem is that he overthinks. He changes his mind and paints himself into a corner.
At first, he said Mr. Then he said regime change wasn't in the cards. He said there was a red line Mr. He said Syria poses no threat to America, but also that attacking it would be in the national interest. On his own, he decided to seek Congressional approval — then trapped himself when it turned out Americans had no taste for another foreign mis adventure of the kind he had promised to extricate them from.
No wonder seasoned foreign-policy types are tearing their hair out in clumps. I've always been deeply skeptical of the case for intervening, for the simple reason that it might wind up doing more harm than good. The two strongest reasons, it seems to me, were to show that there are consequences for violating international norms, and to demonstrate that the United States means what it says.
Obama doesn't really mean what he says. So why should anybody take him seriously? In fact, there are no consequences, and everything he and his comically inept sidekick John Kerry have said about human rights and justice and the "moral obscenity" of chemical weapons is just a bunch of hot air. His message to rogue states like Iran is: You can get away with anything. His message to greater powers such as China is that he's incapable of strategic thinking. And his message to allies such as Israel is that they can't rely on him to have their back.
Obama's Middle East policy is in ruins. He looks like he's way over his head. Now he's let himself get rolled by the biggest bully on the block. In the immortal words of Mr. Kerry, he looks "unbelievably small. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. The Commander-in-Tweet has been on the attack against the usual suspects in an unusually heavy flurry of early posts.
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