I guess the following will fall somewhere in the category of damned if you do and damned if you don't.
I watched President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, and while all the pundits were looking at whether the president was going to shake hands with the Iranian president, I heard the president lay down the gauntlet to other nations to pick up some of the slack in the Middle East.
Here is what the president said:
"Others have suggested that my willingness to direct even limited military strikes to deter the further use of chemical weapons shows we've learned nothing from Iraq and that America continues to seek control over the Middle East for our own purposes.
In this way, the situation in Syria mirrors the contradiction that has persisted in the region for decades.
The United States is chastised for meddling in the region, accused of having a hand in all manner of conspiracy, at the same time the United States is blamed for failing to do enough to solve the region's problems and for showing indifference toward suffering Muslin populations.
I realize some of this is inevitable, giving America's role in the world. But these contradictory attitudes have a practical impact on the American people's support for our involvement in the region and allow leaders in the region, as well as the international community sometimes, to avoid addressing difficult problems themselves."