“President Obama this year defined his approach to crises like the civil war in Syria as 'strategic patience and persistence,'” the newspaper said, citing the words of another American leader. “But with Russian jets and missiles now rocketing through the skies over Syria, what he calls patience looks to many critics like paralysis.”
Obama's advisers admitted that they are doing little to change the game in Syria and Obama is not eager to confront Russia, as he fears the risks of escalation of the conflict, the author pointed out.
Moreover, the reporter continued, things are constantly getting more complicated for the Obama administration in the Middle East. In Iraq the US seems to fight against ISIL alongside with Iran, but in Syria they are attempting to overthrow the country’s legitimate president Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Tehran. And the fail of the US’s program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels doesn’t add points to Obama’s policy.
“[Obama’s aides] have been left to puzzle out the Rubik’s Cube of Middle East politics in which the move of each interlocking part seems to put a coherent solution even further out of reach," the paper declares.
As a result, Obama is being advised to wait until Russian intervention in Syria is over. Frustrated by their own unwillingness to find a solution to the Middle East crisis for over four years, Obama and his administration have nothing to do, but hope that Russia will fail in Syria, the reporter concluded.