Former President Clinton and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, now a Ghanaian diplomat, talk during a memorial service for Richard Holbrooke at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 14. Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat and President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in December. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Former President and UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton speaks with residents as he visits a project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to recycle debris in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 11. Kena Betancur/Reuters
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah welcomes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at his residence in New York on Jan. 8. Saudi Press Agency/Reuters
President Obama looks on as former President Clinton speaks about Obama's urging of Congress to move on the tax compromise he made with Republican congressional leaders, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 10, 2010. J. Scott Applewhite/AP/File
Former President Clinton moves to hug Nevada Senator Harry Reid at the end of a rally on Oct. 12, 2010, in Las Vegas. Julie Jacobson/AP/File
From left, Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley, former President Clinton, and Rep. Barney Frank (D) Massachusetts acknowledge the crowd during a campaign rally on Sept. 26, 2010, in Taunton, Mass. Stew Milne/AP/File
Former President Clinton walks his daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 31, 2010. Genevieve de Manio/Genevieve de Manio Photography/AP/File
Former President Clinton told a private forum this week that President Obama would look like 'a total fool' if he followed public opinion too closely on Syria. Now the US is sending small arms to the rebels.
Of all the elements that fed into President Obama’s decision to send small arms to the Syrian rebels, the most intriguing possibility is the sharp criticism he faced earlier this week from the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton.