There has been some perhaps idle speculation that perhaps Obama's mind has wandered from the business of foreign policy in the direction of his self image as a savior who will direct the United States in the direction of a general leftism.
His press conference today at the ASEAN leaders meeting should put an end to this line of musing. In it, in addition to trashing ALL the Republican presidential candidates, he made it clear that he regards the effrontery of Russian assertiveness as something not to be endured. The source of the madcap statements and agitation of those like Ashton Carter and General Breeedlove is made clear. Obama is the source.
According to him a militarily dictated outcome is simply not possible in Syria. The counsel of his R2P advisors came through clearly. His vision of the world is evidently that of Hicks' "Peaceable Kingdom." This would seem to be a vision in which the course of human history driven by age-old desire for group and individual dominance is at an end and a global Borgist peace is imposed through the superior moral clarity and threats of "the enlightened."
Obama said today that the present R+6 campaign is unimportant and that 75% of Syrian territory is still outside the control of the government. Yes, but most of that is uninhabited. He knows that.
It is clear to me now that that Obama is the Grand Master of the Borgist Order.