Characteristically, the interventionists aren’t holding themselves to higher account; they’re blaming President Obama. To them, it’s all about his failure to act. But the president is moving sensibly and with due dispatch to restrain Assad’s killings. He’s squeezing the dictator economically and isolating him diplomatically. And while it doesn’t look like much, it is suppressing Assad’s freedom to slaughter. He has the military power to kill far more of his people. Meantime, President Obama is trying to fashion a coalition for more direct action—and it isn’t easy.
If that is true - that Obama is being careful about Syria with good understanding of how uncertain this conflict is, then I wish Hilary and Susan Rice also sound that they understand how cautious we all have to be regarding Syria.
Especially Hilary. She could have delivered explanation ‘why we have to proceed especially cautiously on Syria’ - to especially (‘regime change’ war drum banging) human rights type -
so that more of us would take a more cautious look at the uniqueness of the situation of Syria - and examine and discuss options more realistically.
(And she can still do that.)