Putin will invoke whatever he can to advance Russia's interests. For him, the ends justify the means. On the surface, one can describe such actions as hypocritical. But the total pursuit of Russia's interests is what's driving Russian decision making.Were U.S. and British interests in Syria larger than they really are, I still believe both leaders could have attained the support they needed. The reality is that the interests for both countries (France has somewhat larger interests, but those have eroded, too) are peripheral. Invoking military action for humanitarian ends, especially when the outcome is unclear and both parties to the conflict have demonstrated brutality in abundance, is a difficult sell. Had Syria posed a credible and imminent threat of using such weapons against Israel or Jordan, the outcome would have been far different.Not with Obama at the helm and definitely not with Congress in the shape it's in now. Our Federal government leadership is a giant mess. And the US can't call upon its allies anymore. When Cameron gets defeated at home and Hollande is facing stiff resistance, what are we going to do?
In the longer-term, I agree that the U.S. has become quite dysfunctional in the foreign policy realm. Things need to improve or there will be a time when major U.S. interests could be compromised.
I believe it's going to be a long and difficult process. Unless the nation's long-term imbalances are addressed so as to give it greater fiscal flexibility elsewhere, resources will continue to impose heavy constraints.I read World War Z a while ago and it's starting to resemble reality. Our foreign engagements have bled us dry in blood and treasure and now our populations have no stomach for anything.
This is hampering our combined capacity to do much of anything. We went to an extreme invading and nation building and now the pendulum has swung back and it's isolationism. I don't see how we're going to get out of this any time soon.