by Bret Stephens
President Obama can't outsource matters of war and peace to another state.
Events are fast pushing
At July's G-8 summit in
What's an American president to do in the face of this nonstarter of a document? What else, but pretend it isn't a nonstarter. Talks begin Oct. 1.
All this only helps persuade
In sum, the conclusion among Israelis is that the Obama administration won't lift a finger to stop
The problem, however, is that the administration isn't taking the bait, and one has to wonder why. Perhaps it thinks its diplomacy will work, or that it has the luxury of time, or that it can talk the Israelis out of attacking. Alternatively, it might actually want
Such a strike may well be in
Then again, it is not in the
But most importantly, it is an abdication of a superpower's responsibility to outsource matters of war and peace to another state, however closely allied. President Obama has now ceded the driver's seat on