The mild-mannered Walter Russell Mead, no partisan and usually inclined to cut well-meaning policymakers some slack, has a blogpost on his American Interest Via Meadia website in which he portrays, without using the word, the Obama administration’s Middle East policies as being in shambles. The penultimate paragraph gives you the idea:

“President Obama still has more than three years left in the White House, but many of the policies that he brought with him or developed early in his tenure have now passed their sell-by dates. Abandoning Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, intensification of the drone war in Pakistan, alliances with moderate Islamists, and a democracy agenda in the Middle East: sadly, those dogs won’t hunt anymore.”

Read the whole thing.