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  •  With "friends" like this, who needs Republicans? (5+ / 0-)

    Richard Cohen, WaPo opinion writer, has been classified as a friend of liberals, but his latest posts have been anything but friendly to this administration.  His latest offering, Obama's loss for words on Syria, offers these words that he considers "wisdom:"

    The administration has trouble speaking because, truly, it has nothing to say. In Syria as elsewhere, it has no policy. It wants only to avoid trouble abroad to produce serenity at home — a nifty aspiration but not really a policy. In Iraq, for example, it capitalized on the long war there by just bugging out. Now Iraq is hurtling toward civil war and the Israelis say that Iraqi airspace is being used by Iran to send weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Iraq war was always a mistake. Now, though, insult is being added to injury.

    Afghanistan, too, is a muddle. U.S. forces are staying until 2014 but only because Obama chose the political expedient of a compromise between those who wanted more troops and more time and those who wanted less of both. His foreign policy goal was to jolly his domestic critics. If there is an Obama doctrine, it is to give a good speech, split the difference — and take an early dinner.

    Compare this piece with Eugene Robinson's measured take on the problems faced by the president, and you're left with the impression that Cohen is more interested in our intervening in Syria to save Israel the trouble than for any other reason.

    We are already in the region, working with NATO partner Turkey, along with German, Dutch and Czech troops, to provide military support.  Until it's clear how else we could help support our allies in the region, such as helping Jordan deal with the flood of Syrian refugees that threaten to overwhelm the country, Cohen should go beat his war drum in McCain's band and leave his sarcastic rhetoric in the wastebasket and the country's foreign policy to the president.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:17:49 AM PDT

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