For what it's worth, I've been saying all along the GWOT was a distraction for the U.S. For the past 12 years we've been swatting mosquitoes and calling them dragons.
And, call me racist or whatever, but Europe is different. It just is. War in Europe will always get America's attention.
Finally, I want to give belated props not to Sarah Palin, but Mitt Romney, who declared during the 2012 campaign that Russia was America's "No. 1 geopolitical foe." FOX is having a high time resurrecting that sound bite. Keep in mind though: Obama never disagreed with Romney. There are just certain obvious things that a presidential candidate can afford to say that a sitting U.S. President cannot.
By Peter Beinart
March 4, 2014 | The Atlantic