One other note from Andrew Sullivan yesterday on Syria that stopped me in my tracks. Again, I don’t think I agree with him, but he has the truest sense of what is missing from the most of the public argument – and especially the argument Secretary Kerry is making. Maybe it has to be, but I feel its absence.
It’s the knowledge that the world is a tragic place. It’s the blues, if you will. It’s this:
Yes, I’m saying that an American president in the 21st Century has to accept that gassed children do not necessitate a military response. This is a fallen, awful, horrible world. But you cannot change what you can until you have accepted your limits.