So much for the Arab Spring. Things have gone from bad to worse in Syria, and President Obama and his administration are looking increasingly feckless.
The Syrian civil war exploded over the weekend, with mass murder and sectarian cleansing along the coast, Israeli airstrikes in Damascus, and confusion, frustration and paralysis in Washington to the point where the New York Times described President Obama as trapped “in a geopolitical box, his credibility at stake with frustratingly few good options.”
Foreign policy, it turns out, is hard. (Read More)
It’s especially hard for the Obama regime.
That’s basically a suicide note from Assad. Israel has the most powerful military in the region — the IDF has nuclear weapons, remember — and a war between Syria and Israel can only end one way.
Does the expression “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin” ring a bell?
And what will follow the destruction of Assad? Will we see Israel occupy part of Syria? Will Israel be content to let al-Qaeda-allied jihadists take over in Damascus? Will Syria descend into the sort of “failed state” anarchy we’ve seen in Lebanon? (Read More)
This ongoing geopolitical disaster is the top story on Memeorandum today.