There’s a growing sense that no one can bring lasting peace to Middle East

As word spread that ISIS was on the verge of taking the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobane, and that Turkey was balking at launching a ground operation against the jihadists, public opinion has once again turned against President Barack Obama…

A decade ago, when things were going badly, we could at least take solace in the fact that we understood the problem: cowboy diplomacy simply didn’t work. George W. Bush had messed up everything. This was obvious. But at least there was hope – naive hope, but still hope – that someone like Barack Obama could fix all of this…

There is a growing sense of frustration that nothing works. In the foreign policy realm, this is especially true. Being strong didn’t work. Being nice didn’t work. Intervening … didn’t work. Turning inward … didn’t work. Both strategies – and everything in between – only seemed to invite provocation. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t…

h/t Marvin

{Photo: A picture taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an allegeded alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 8 October 2014. EPA/SEDAT SUNA)

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