An explanation for U.S. President Barack Obama’s reluctance to get his hands dirty in Syria lies in recent history -- when George W. Bush's administration rushed headlong into a war with Iraq and swiftly became entangled in a conflict that took an enormous toll in treasure and lives -- both American as well as Iraqi.
US President Donald J. Trump is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Buenos Aires later this week. Is that a good idea in light of Russia’s latest aggression toward Ukraine and the somewhat stymied success of past meetings between the two leaders? In an interview with The Washington Post , Trump left open the possibility that he might, after all, cancel the meeting over the incident in the Kerch Strait. “Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” he said.