On the cover of the latest TIME:
From the cover story, “Across The Red Line”:
From the start of his presidency, Obama sounded his call in speeches from Washington to Prague to Cairo, describing a transformed world order–”a revolutionary world” where “we can do improbable, sometimes impossible things.” Cynics said Obama was just putting a gloss on harsh economic reality: deep in debt and with its financial sector in a tailspin, the U.S. couldn’t afford an interventionist foreign policy. But Obama seemed genuine enough when he spoke of starting a dialogue of “mutual respect” with Iran, and to other rivals, he vowed that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Reason would replace raw power, and the neoconservative vision would be retired. It was hope and change on a global scale.
But history, it has turned out, wasn’t interested. …
The world watched to see whether Obama would flinch from the role of global cop. He had already allowed multiple chemical-weapons attacks [in Syria] to come and go without any clear consequences beyond modest U.S. support for a disorderly rebel movement.
Read the full article here.