Not Smart at All

Whether we are talking about the heartfelt Libyan reunion for the convicted Lockerbie terrorist or the rebuff from Arab states on his peace-plan offensive, the results of Obama’s Middle East policy are coming in. Obama’s efforts have been spectacularly unsuccessful, and indeed counterproductive. Elliott Abrams offers Syria as another example of Obama’s failed approach:

Within the past week, Iraq has withdrawn its ambassador from Damascus and accused Syria of involvement in terrorist incidents in Baghdad. Iraqi TV has also aired a confession by an accused al Qaeda terrorist, a Saudi who claimed he had been trained in Syria—by the Asad regime’s intelligence services. Nor is this all. Syria continues to support Hezbollah’s blocking of the formation of a government in Lebanon, backing Hezbollah in its demand for a “blocking third” that would prevent any decisions Hezbollah opposes in any new Cabinet. The Palestinian terrorist groups remain headquartered in Damascus, and under no visible restraints. And on August 19, President Bashar Asad paid a visit to President Ahmadinejad in Tehran, to showcase his support of the latter during the current Iranian political crisis.

But, as with Iran’s brutalization of its own people, Obama and his advisers would rather not make too much of the Syrians’ bad behavior. That would invite demands that we do something about the murder of Americans and Syria’s atrocious human-rights record.