Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rubbing Our Nose in Failure Stuff

In the aftermath of ISIL's rapid conquest of northern Iraq by exploiting armed local Sunni Arab forces and adding this territory to their Syrian expanses, we are at least thinking about the problem of Syria and Iraq as one linked issue.

Which is progress to seeing these problems as just two components of one big problem centered on Iran's destructive influence that affects our interests from Egypt to Iran (and Afghanistan, too, as we prepare to withdraw), and one that if we win it even dents Russia's confidence that they own us (thank you Kerry!).

President Obama's desire not to do "stupid stuff" has just created an environment where others feel more free to do evil stuff. This is a disorganizing principle, at best.