The Jeddah Communiqué of Sept. 11, 2014 is a masterpiece of do-nothing-ism. The Sept 15 Paris conference's communiqué is another.
Asharq al-Awsat reports Iran's Ali Khameini is roused from his hospital bed to express his annoyance about Iran not being invited to the party in Paris.
And Iraq's new prime minister is toeing the line for his Iranian masters.
The fight against ISIL is not going well. Though its brutality has alienated almost everyone, ISIL's position seems stronger than ever: its enemies are disunited. Yet ISIL suffers from its own internal divisions. What can possibly be done to counter the threat posed by ISIL?
The Baghdad government is useless. Quit supporting it. The various Shiite militias, both out of Iran and within Iraq are the only entities putting up a meaningful fight against ISIL. The Kurds are hard-pressed and nobody's supporting them. Given Turkey's treachery, America ought to respond by only backing the Kurds. Leave the rest to save themselves.
Obama's a fairly clever, cautious war president. I like the way he rolls. But his biggest mistake to date was misjudging the outcome in Libya. The people we backed in Libya weren't exactly grateful for our support in their war against Qaddafi: they murdered our ambassador. Clinton had enough sense to stay out of the Balkans for a year after his bombing campaign, lifting the siege of Sarajevo. My prognosis for the remainder of Obama's term is fairly optimistic, he's proven his mettle over time. But he's going to have to keep John Kerry on a pretty short leash: there are no political solutions worth considering at this point. Further conferences of the sort we've seen in Jeddah and Paris are pointless and comical.