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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Kurt Volker
The flaring of global hots spots such as Ukraine and Syria dramatically illustrates the dwindling influence of President Obama in foreign affairs and the staying power of his perennial rival, Russian President Vladimir Putin, analysts say.
"Forces who have grievances step up and try to do something, and they find that there's no international order that is willing to step up and counter it," Mr. Volker said. "The more they keep going, the more things get out of control. That's what you've seen with Assad in Syria. He's doubled down. You've seen it with the Egyptian military as well. They've doubled down. The Russians have doubled down. You see it with al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. You see it with Iran moving Hezbollah into Syria."
"I think we have an administration that wants to avoid getting involved," said Mr. Volker, who cited a range of conflicts including the protests gripping Bangkok and the violence in Sudan.