Sir Hew Strachan (could he be any more British?) is an advisor to Britain’s top military staff, and he has a few choice things to say about our Commander in Chief:
The dithering over intervention against President Bashar al-Assad has empowered the Syrian ruler, undermined America’s military reputation and destabilized the Middle East, said Strachan. “What he’s done in talking about Red Lines in relation to Syria has actually devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability and it seems to me that creates an unstable situation, because if he were act it would surprise everybody,” he said. “I think the other issue is that in starting and stopping with Assad, he’s left those who might be his natural allies in Syria with nowhere to go. He’s increased the likelihood that if there is a change of regime in Syria that it will be an Islamic fundamentalist one.”
And that’s him just getting started — you really ought to read the whole thing.
Of course it was the Syrian Crisis, manufactured and disposed of by our president, which caused me to rename him Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom. So it’s comforting, if in a small and painful way, to see one of Britain’s top defense advisors use the word “dithering.”
So comforting in fact that I think lunch today will be of the three-martini variety, with a scotch for dessert.