February 27, 2013
Is Obama About to Flip on Arming Syria Rebels?
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest
You don't need to embrace Richard Nixon’s madman theory and try to make other countries so afraid of you that they give in because you might do something crazy. You don’t need to do a George W. Bush and invade a country before you’ve got your facts straight or figured out what to do if you actually win. But you can’t telegraph vacillation time and time again without increasing rather than decreasing the chances of war.
TAGGED: Iran, Syria, Middle East, United States, Barack Obama, John Kerry