Fifteen months ago, you may recall, it took only the threat of Moammar Gadhafi killing civilians to launch President Obama into launching Tomahawk missiles and U.S. planes and other NATO forces leading from the front.
Cross the Mediterranean. Now, in Syria, we have months and months of actual killings of civilians by the thousands. Women, children, the whole bloody brutal works to beat down an insurgency.
And what does Obama, just back from 13 campaign fundraisers in four "work" days, do this week?
He sends out his oft-befuddled press secretary to warn Bashir al Assad once again that he really better stop this stuff. Or else. Or else, actually, nothing will happen, save for more ineffective sanctions. And perhaps further tightening of limits on his Western wife's credit cards.