Here’s an excerpt of what Obama said during his press conference today (May 7, 2013), held jointly with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, quoted from Yahoo!:
Understandably, there’s a desire for easy answers. That’s not the situation there,” he said. “And my job is to constantly measure our very real and legitimate humanitarian and national security interests in Syria, but measuring those against my bottom line, which is what’s in the best interests of America’s security and making sure that I’m making decisions not based on a hope and a prayer but on hard-headed analysis in terms of what will actually make us safer and stabilize the region.
That seems about right. Measurements against the “bottom line” based on “hard-headed analysis” are exactly what Obama should be doing, sort of like my previous post, An economic analysis of the case for intervention in Syria, provided.
Take away the stupid crossing a “red-line” comment, which this anyway operates to clarify, and Obama is doing well managing the Syrian conflict.
Rare kudos for Obama on this one. Good job.