For the last fifty years, America’s allies have learned that we aren’t dependable. We abandoned the Shah of Iran, after we engineered the coup which brought him to power. We declared victory in Southeast Asia and abandoned South Vietnam.
Russian tanks are showing up in Ukraine. Tanks. You know, those really big military things. Things which your neighborhood revolutionary—even in Europe—is not apt to have in his garage. And our President thinks Putin is de-escalating the Ukraine crisis? No, he’s throwing gasoline on the fire.
“Can’t we all just get along?” isn’t much of a foreign policy, but that’s what we’re reduced to in the Middle East. No, they don’t get along. They haven’t for millennia. Obama and Kerry are demonstrably amateurs, but they don’t seem to be learning by their mistakes. We have no military options worthy of the name in Iraq or Syria. Obama to Maliki: “You’re on your own.