President Obama is not enjoying the best of times in his foreign policy, which has resulted in criticism. But President Bush went about things in exactly the opposite way and was also pilloried. Maybe this foreign policy thing is just hard.
This week's round-up of commentary covers the effects of the Gaza conflict on Jerusalem, John Kerry's deft behind-the-scenes diplomacy during the Afghan elections, Asia's anticipation of rising conflict between US and China, a modern threat to London's historic cabs, and the foreboding future of German-American policy interaction.
Conflicts in the Middle East are drawing in young recruits from Europe and elsewhere. Needed now: An effort to channel that fervor in more constructive directions.
At least 2,000 have left to join rebel groups in Syria, dividing families from Berlin to London and creating a new security threat for the West.