Abu Mahmud, a 52-year-old rebel fighter reportedly belonging to the Faylaq al-Rahman brigade, smokes a cigarette inside a tunnel used as a base in the rebel-controlled area of Arbeen, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus on January 29, 2016. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY        (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)

Decision Time for President Obama on Syria

While Secretary of State John Kerry deserves credit for his determination to seek a diplomatic resolution to the Syria crisis—and for his political courage in negotiating with Moscow to get there—America’s Syria policy continues to amass self-inflicted wounds that make a very tough problem even harder to address. With four months remaining in President Barack Obama’s final term in office, the president seems increasingly likely to bequeath this tragic mess to his successor, notwithstanding his apparently reluctant tolerance of Kerry’s effort to salvage Obama’s legacy. At this point, however, Kerry’s determination and courage won’t be enough—Mr. Obama must make some tough decisions about the situation he leaves behind on January 20, 2017.

  • Minicapt

    After eight years of diddling about “… Obama must make some tough decisions …” Now is a good time to make major changes in how he conducts foreign affairs.


  • Martin B

    If it’s decision time for Obama, you know it will be the wrong decision.

  • FactsWillOut

    To clean up the mess in Syria, NATO should stop arming rebels and back Assad.
    But we all know that NATO/USA will continue to arm al-qeada and other assorted sunni filth.

  • bob e

    this is gonna’ take at least 5 rounds of golf before our gay, muslim street pimp president can begin to focus on it .. and then .. well he will
    lie like he has done all his life.

  • ntt1

    I would never have given Kerry the description of being courageous and determined, i only get the two images; Lurch and Ketchup.