The recent muted criticism and feigned surprise of the U.S. regarding the combined action of Egyptian and United Arab Emirates air forces in Libya has quietly drifted away front the front page. This action that the U.S. claims it was not advised of in advance and the manner in which the U.S. stood back in Iraq requiring as a condition of U.S. involvement a unity government are showing the outlines of the developing Obama Doctrine.
This policy dictates that the U.S. no longer serve as the world’s police force is most evident in the policy regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Though the Obama administration would have been better to not have told the Russian dictator that the U.S. would not intervene the resulting war and imminent threat against NATO front line nations has given rise to the clearest example of the Obama Doctrine at work: NATO allies are now actually putting their own forces and treasure at risk on the front lines of the former Warsaw Pact Baltic nations that are most at risk of an attack by the Russian mission to reclaim the former Soviet empire.
The next test of the Obama Doctrine is Syria. With some form of cooperation with the combined forces of Kurds, Sunni and Shiite in Iraq appearing possible, the next step will be how to deal with Syria. The reported incursion of Syrian forces into areas of the Golan Heights controlled by Israel is the signal that the Obama Doctrine may have given the job of getting rid of Assad to the Israeli Army. Once he is gone the U.S. can fill in and begin the long battle to route out the murderous IS forces.