In the Arena

Obama, Syria, and Iran

The decisions that the President makes on Syria and Iran in the coming months may be the most important of his presidency.

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Jason Reed / Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a farewell ceremony with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres at Tel Aviv International Airport March 22, 2013.

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sacredh
sacredh

"President Obama’s recent trip to the Middle East was so effective that many of his most relentless, and often haywire, detractors were struck dumb"

They weren't struck dumb. It just became more obvious.

seandec
seandec

Joe, much love for the people Israel, but I disagree with you about Israel the country having a right to be a Jewish state.  Just like I disagreed that South Africa had the right to be a white state.  On Iran, they're scared.  Of course they want a bomb.  They're getting threatened by two nuclear powers all the time.  Containment is a crappy option, but barring security guarantees, it's the only realistic one.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Would Obama actually use military force against them? I doubt it. The U.S. military has traditionally opposed such a war.

I think you're mistaken about that. Would Obama order an all-out invasion ala Iraq. Of course not. But there's plenty that can be done within the "force by remote control" that seems to be Obama's preferred MO.