If you think this is a foreign policy election, as I do, the choice is a negative one. Donald Trump is so bad, much like our current president, that you hope Hillary Clinton will be better, though much of what she says makes you a little worried. You almost have to hope that she doesn’t mean some of the things she is saying and that she will be better than her past record indicates. But then, the bar of the current president and her opponent are so low, she might actually make it.
There are so many ways that our current president is bad at foreign policy that it is hard to know where to start. Perhaps the most current: Syria. The print edition of FT Weekend had an article entitled “Syria offensive leaves Kerry high and dry,”1 but when you read the article, you got the feeling Secretary Kerry was being left high and dry by President Obama as much as Bashar al-Assad or Vladimir Putin. In explaining why negotiations are the only option in Syria, Secretary Kerry is quoted as saying: “America’s made the decision that we’re not going in with our troops. The president’s made that decision. What’s the alternative?”