Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obama’s “all in” bet against Islamic militancy.

Refugees fleeing ISIS forces' Tuesday capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city.
“Iraq, Pakistan, Ukraine, Russia, Nigeria, Kenya, Syria.” The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger writes. “These foreign wildfires, with more surely to come.” Yes, given our worsening position in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Israel.

I just noticed that Henninger titles his weekly column, “Wonder Land.” A light touch, except that nothing about our disintegrating foreign policy seems funny.

Henninger goes on:
Let us repeat the most quoted passage in former Defense Secretary Robert Gates's memoir, Duty. It describes the March 2011 meeting with Mr. Obama about Afghanistan in the situation room. "As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn't trust his commander, can't stand Karzai, doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his," Mr. Gates wrote. "For him, it's all about getting out."
Obama's foreign policy is a river boat gamble. As Henninger says, “The big Obama bet is that Americans' opinion-polled 'fatigue' with the world frees him to create a progressive domestic legacy.”

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