The fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo and the grave humanitarian crisis in Syria are likely to be major black marks on President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy. President Obama insisted that there were no major American interests at stake in Syria. And that's why he followed the strategy that he did, known as the Obama Doctrine, something that critics call leading from behind, in which the United States has been sponsoring local groups to actually do the on-the-ground fighting.
The fall of Aleppo is a major stain on that, simply because the goal of Mr. Obama's policy was to force Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and his Russian and Iranian supporters to the negotiating table to work out a diplomatic agreement, under which President Assad would have stepped up from power and turned over power in Syria to a transitional government.
Critics will point out that despite that goal, President Obama never provided the modern opposition with sufficient military might in order to fight the Assad regime to a stalemate and thereby force the Assad regime to actually agree to negotiate in good faith and seriously on a transitional arrangement. This is a crisis that will continue cuz the fighting is not expected to end.
The fact is that Syria and the massive unprecedented, since at least World War II, humanitarian crisis that has taken place in that country are probably gonna end up being major black marks on President Obama's legacy.>> This crisis is one of the most urgent tests of our time.