Den største nyheten tirsdag var ikke våpenhvilen i Gaza, men at Egypt og Emiratene har bombet Libya uten å varsle USA. Allierte som Egypt forventer seg ikke lenger ledelse fra USA. De handler på egen hånd.

The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines. Egyptian officials explicitly denied to American diplomats that their military played any role in the operation, the officials said, in what appeared a new blow to already strained relations between Washington and Cairo.

Former ambassador and  undersecretary of state Eric Edelman observes that “it is a stunning vote of no-confidence in the administration and the fact that they apparently launched additional strikes today (after unnamed administration sources said it was ‘unhelpful’) serves to underline the point.”

Dagens Midtøsten er «a mess», men det er en dødelige røre, derfor vil ikke Obama bli trukket inn. Tar han stilling for den ene, blir han tatt til inntekt for andre. All intervensjon har utilsiktede konsekvenser. Obama er blitt risikomotvillig. Etter å ha sittet lenge på sidelinjen har stater har hatt allianser med, funnet ut at de må ordne opp selv.

Amerikanerne kan være isolasjonistiske, men de liker ikke at USA degraderes.

The president, about 60 percent of the public agrees, isn’t doing his job, especially in his most important role as commander in chief. If he had not done a 180, erased his own red line and passively allowed events to unfold in Syria and the Islamic State to expand, few would care about his golf game. If he had moved swiftly, enacted sector-wide sanctions and refused to accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the media probably wouldn’t focus on his golf game. Had he left troops in Iraq and maintained the stable environment his predecessor handed him, the golf griping would be minimal.