New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll "probably" make a decision about running for president sometime in 2015."My job is to do my job," Christie said, as he defended his appearance last week at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference as a chance to talk about the state's recovery after Superstorm Sandy with the 42nd president.Asked when he might need to make a decision about a 2016 White House bid, Christie said, "Probably not until 2015."
Back in the 1990s — when the U.S. was about 20 years past the horrors of Vietnam, and still a few years off from the horrors of post-9/11 combat — officials in the Clinton administration were contemplating a military intervention of their own to help bring an end to the war and suffering in Bosnia. Some of the president’s advisers were ready to attack; others, like Gen. Colin Powell, were reluctant.
Then-U.N. Secretary Madeline Albright would have none of it. “What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about,” she snapped, “if we can't use it?”
Well, we’re a little closer to war with Syria than we were 24 hours ago.
Why? Because the United States has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the rebels in that country’s awful, grinding, ongoing civil war. And because President Obama once promised that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that would demand greater U.S. involvement in that war, on the side of the rebels. Maybe we'll just furnish them with more lethal weapons; perhaps we'll start enforcing a no-fly zone.