I shouldn't just ridicule The New Republic without offering my own perspective on the crisis, but right now I'm growing weary. It happens that a Sebastian Mallaby column in the Washington Post makes precisely the same arguments I was planning, so for now I'll defer to him.
I also defer to the excellent pieces in the Post by Richard Cohen, E.J. Dionne and George Will.
Wait... did I just defer to George Will? What's happening? What kind of freakish spectacle is today's foreign policy?