by Victor Davis Hanson // PJMedia
Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq  (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009 ). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s“greatest achievement.”  But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point  — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland . He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.
Remember those threats to Syria? After the U.S. threatened and backed off, the violence only escalated and spilled into Iraq.