The way conservatives are reacting to President
Sure, it was quite a leap from insistence on the necessity of a punitive strike against the
Besides, despite the public facade that foreign policy gurus like to project, there is always at least as much improvisation and rolling of the dice at work in America’s actions on the world stage under any president as there is methodical strategic planning. Much of what goes on is purely reacting to events. One of the critics spouting heated criticism at Obama on
Predictably, pretty much the entire lineup of Fox News commentators has been blasting Obama on Syria. In particular, they charge the president with diminishing America’s stature in the world by bringing Putin in as a full partner on the deal. Oddly, a similar scheme to enlist Putin in solving the Syria mess was proposed by their boss, Fox CEO
More weighty critiques came from the neo-conservatives who brought us the train wreck of the war in Iraq. Among them was former
Perhaps Bolton is right. Perhaps the scheme to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons will get bogged down in U.N. Security Council deliberations and the huge challenge of tracking the weapons in the midst of a vicious civil war. Perhaps Putin will get a boosted reputation as a peacemaker that he does not deserve. But it is just as likely that Obama has run into a spot of luck that will make him look like a genius.
The disarmament process could drag on, but it is, nevertheless, highly unlikely that the Syrian government will employ chemical weapons again -- not with the Russians breathing down their necks. Meanwhile, Obama has avoided military action that the American public does not favor and that
An even bigger bit of good luck for Obama came to light Wednesday when, in an interview with NBC, the new, moderate president of Iran,