Originally Posted by cutthemdown
No way Obama looks good any way you shake it. Either he let the rebels lose and be slaughtered after he said he would help, or he wanted to help them but got punked by Putin and thwarted.
It's a lose/lose for him that's for sure. If he helped the rebels immediately he would be seen as instigating a conflict and possibly starting a proxy conflict with Russia. If he doesn't then it was obvious the rebellion would become radicalized and he loses the support of our middle east allies and probably loses a democratic Syria as well.
Only way it could have been successful is if he stayed clear of Libya.