If you talk out of both sides of your mouth, and with forked tongue, on any given day something you said might, for a moment, be true. When it comes to the Middle East, Obama has said absolutely everything: leave them to themselves, intervene, self-determination, democracy no matter what, hunt down dictators, let their own people take care of them, non-intervention, intervention, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. No wonder European leaders were left stating that they had absolutely no idea what Obama stood (or stands) for.
It’s exhausting to keep track of someone who is simultaneously puffing fog out of one end, while covering his ass at the other. Jim Gehargty has collected a whole bunch of Obama’s “playing both ends against the middle” moments. (Hat tip: Lulu)