On the PBS News Hour last Friday, Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times was made it very clear that he believes President Obama's ISIS/Syria policy to be a "rank failure" because POTUS does not do enough "action":
Now, as for President Obama, I think his policy is just a rank failure. And, frankly, he has had several — this has been a slow-rolling genocide for a long time. And in several stops along the way, there have been people in this administration and the other parties who have counseled some sort of action that I think he could have taken which have — maybe ameliorate some of the death we’re seeing.And he has withdrawn and withdrawn and not taken those actions, even where red lines have closed — have been crossed. He had a training program which didn’t work. He has had token little efforts recently.
Now of course no one wants the kind of action we had 'round here in 2003 and the less said about what that "action" consisted of or who was beating the drum the loudest the better:
I would just say nobody is in favor of the sort of action we had in Iraq in 2003
And, of course, Mr. Brooks has no idea what correction action would actually look like:
And, therefore, you have to — I don’t know what the action is.
Or whether President Obama's actions have ultimately been right or wrong:
And so for him to talk self-righteously about other people and their response to the Syrian refugee — he bears some responsibility for the Syrian refugee crisis. And so he took some decisions to be inactive, which may have been right, wrong, but they were realpolitik decisions...
But Mr. Brooks damn well knows that, regarding action -- or at least thinking about action -- there should be, y'know, moar of it:
I have nothing to add but...But you have to think more about the action.