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By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
Topic - Michael Rubin
Foreign-policy books are hard to write and even harder to sell in President Obama's America, where leading from behind is practically the state religion. Stunning reversals of statecraft — such as in Crimea, Egypt and Syria — are dismissed and taken as the latest reasons to bury our heads even deeper in the sand.
In an increasingly polarized world, the small Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan is a tantalizing study in contradictions.
From the killing of an ambassador to precipitous new brinkmanship in Asia and friction between U.S. and Israeli leaders over Iran, the past month has many asking whether the presidential election has suddenly entered a home stretch in which national security and foreign policy play as big a role as the economy.
If killing Osama bin Laden, untangling U.S. forces from Iraq and fighting a bare-knuckle drone war against al Qaeda are the Obama administration's foreign policy triumphs, its biggest stumble may be its failure to produce an international solution to what has become an all-out civil war in Syria.
Mr. Rubin argues that American diplomacy has been consistent only through its childlike faith in engagement, a conviction that talking to the enemy is the sine qua non of all statecraft.
"What Obama basically did was offer a 5-year-old dessert first, and then hope that he'll want to eat the vegetables at dinner," he said. "The GOP are pushing this because it's also good politically, but the fact of the matter is there's deep unease about Obama's strategy."