Now, with the administration’s approach to Syria seemingly in tatters, the differences between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have opened a fresh wedge between the two, with Mrs. Clinton arguing for a more robust approach and Mr. Obama dismissing her ideas as campaign politics.
As secretary, she was there next to Mr. Obama and offered a different prescription then as well, long before she was a candidate. As secretary, she joined with David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, and Leon E. Panetta, then the defense secretary, to push a plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.
Ah those "moderate rebels." Always there in any crisis, just waiting to be armed and trained. They're moderate. They're rebellious. They just need some death machines to use in rebellious moderation.