Kim Jong-un has put his country and his people into a perpetual state of emotional emergency. The worst thing that can happen to him is if nothing happens.
Intervening in Syria would require not just major military muscle but years of nation building, a task dreaded by many Americans. And as Obama knew, war-weary Americans still suffering economically from the fallout of a financial crisis were in no mood for such a commitment.
In the last years of his presidency, Barack Obama has clearly displayed an unhealthy obsession with Russia. Any speech that has even a little bit to do with international relations without fail includes a reference to Russia, Moscow and Putin.
During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, the U.S. president [Read more]
A piqued Putin now feels he no longer needs Obama to succeed, hoping to exit Syria in time by cutting deals with the EU, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Now, maybe we have greater pressure from Moscow and Washington, there could be real talks and we might begin to have some substantive agreements.