Obama's Syria Policy Doesn't Prove America's Decline

Obama's Middle East critics seem to forget that the U.S. is neither an Israeli proxy state nor a mercenary force at the disposal of Syrian rebel forces.

Theodore Roosevelt, who like Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while serving as president of the United States, famously described his foreign policy as: "Speak softly and carry a big stick," which he said was a West African proverb. Many observers now castigate Obama for not carrying a “big stick" in Syria, while others bemoan America's decline in the...