Tommie Frazier, where art thou?
In a move that would’ve made the former University of Nebraska option quarterback proud, President Obama pitched a decision to authorize a military strike against Syria to Congress. A number of smart people have written and said oodles since Obama’s announcement on Saturday, and I’ve tried to cherry-pick some of the better ones for you here.
We’ll start with Eliot Cohen, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, former State Department counselor and military historian who wrote Supreme Command, a well-regarded history about the relationship between American presidents and the military. Cohen writes in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal about American credibility being at stake, not just now for the Syria morass but for future presidents.
Because I’m all about being fair and balanced, here’s a good opposing viewpoint in ForeignPolicy.com arguing against armed intervention in Syria, in which author Stephen Walt applies the Powell doctrine to the Syria abyss.
And let’s flip the hub-bub about the absent U.S. strategy on Syria on its head and explore Iranian efforts to support the Bashar al-Assad regime in this Institute for the Study of War monograph.
Syria itself is already a mess with few answers, but the inconsistent, waffling and tardy response over the past several years has been just as bad. As Charles Krauthammer said Saturday, it really does feel like amateur hour.