In the Arena

Obama on Assad

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I’m sorry, but I just don’t get this. I thought it was a bad idea when Obama said that Qaddafi “must go.” (You may have noticed: Qaddafi hasn’t.) And I don’t suspect that the Assads–Syria’s version of the Corleones–are going anywhere soon. To “call” for Assad to go enables Obama’s opponents to say, “Why didn’t he do that a long time ago?” It also reinforces the growing sense that the President can’t get anyone to do what he wants. I appreciate the sentiment. Assad is a disgrace to the human race, as Jimmy Carter used to say. But the President has only opened the door for further diminution.