Barack Obama is fiddling while the world burns. Iraq, Pakistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Kenya, Syria. These foreign wildfires, with more surely to come, will burn unabated for two years until the United States has a new president. The one we've got can barely notice.
The big Obama bet is that Americans' opinion-polled 'fatigue' with the world (if not his leadership) frees him to push his progressive domestic legacy. Meanwhile, Iraq may be transforming into (a) a second Syria or (b) a restored caliphate. Past some point, the world's wildfires are going to consume the Obama legacy. And leave his successor a nightmare."