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The Syrian Disaster and President Obama’s Golf Swing

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The Europeans are debating what to do about the meltdown in Syria today.

Not so much Hezbollah, which has thrown in 100% with Bashir Assad, widening the war and appearing to bring it into Lebanon.

The estimable Dexter Filkins files on the widening war for the New Yorker and concludes: “Brace yourself for the consequences.

Reuters reports that ‘[t]he White House said Obama spoke to Lebanese President Suleiman and ‘stressed his concern about Hezbollah’s active and growing role in Syria, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, which is counter to the Lebanese government’s policies'”.

So, what is America’s policy vis-a-vis Syria and the butchery of Assad or the widening reach of the terrorists in Hezbollah?  What has the president actually ordered done?

Impossible to say.  “Leading from behind” requires not having a plan or knowing what the the desired outcome is.  It requires great amounts of fog and the ultimate ability to claim that whatever happens was intended and wherever you end up was where you where you wanted to go.

The consequences of this utter fecklessness is an awful, astonishing though hidden toll in lives and a looming nightmare as well as decades of instability in its wake.

This is what the second term of Jimmy Carter would have looked like, and it is every bit as bad as the country rightly though back in 1980.  Jennifer Rubin comments on the origins and consequences of President Obama’s “Being There” presidency, and the costs are simply staggering, and climbing every day.


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