David Sanger has been writing the conventional wisdom for as long as I can remember, but this morning he has really become John McCain’s talking puppet. In trying to justify why we should be sending troops to Syria and Libya, he quotes Romney Neo Con Eliot Cohen.
To Mr. Obama’s critics, the root of the seeming absence of American leverage in the Middle East today is a light footprint that was simply too light.
“I think the way to understand Obama’s approach — I wouldn’t call it a strategy — is that he has a uniform preference to keep most problems at a distance,” said Eliot A. Cohen, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies who worked for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and helped develop Mr. Romney’s critique of Mr. Obama’s approach. “That is what the light footprint has been all about. And it’s run out of gas.”
I have no patience for Sanger or any of the Beltway buffoons who managed to convince us for 60 years that the United States needs to be the unpaid policeman of the world. How much blood and treasure in useless wars that will never solve Sunni-Shia conflict, is enough for these chicken hawks? Obama’s did exactly the right thing in Libya,and he is right to stay out of the Syrian Civil War. I will say what no one seems to acknowledge. Ambassador Chris Stevens had no business being in Benghazi with a two person security detail. It was only his own self inflated sense of invulnerability that brought him there and there is no reason to change Obama’s new “light touch” foreign policy, just because Stevens made a mistake.