Neither the people who wrote those words nor he who spoke them can be taken seriously.
North Korea and Iran may be seeking nuclear weapons?
North Korea may have such weapons. Evidently Obama still entertains doubts that Iran is seeking them.
In Northern Ireland before going to Berlin, Obama sat next to Putin, whose demeanor and body language when he is in Obama's presence radiate disdain.
There Obama said: "With respect to Syria, we do have differing perspectives on the problem, but we share an interest in reducing the violence."
Obama wants to reduce the violence by coaxing Syria's Bashar al-Assad, who is winning the war, to attend a conference at which he negotiates the surrender of his power.
Putin wants to reduce the violence by helping - with lavish materiel assistance and by preventing diplomacy that interferes - Assad complete the destruction of his enemies.
Napoleon said: "If you start to take Vienna - take Vienna." Douglas MacArthur said that all military disasters can be explained by two words: "Too late."
Regarding Syria, Obama is tentative and, if he insists on the folly of intervening, tardy. He is giving Putin a golden opportunity to humiliate the nation responsible for the "catastrophe."
In a contest between a dilettante and a dictator, bet on the latter.
Obama's vanity is a wonder of the world that never loses its power to astonish, but really:
Is everyone in his orbit too lost in raptures of admiration to warn him against delivering a speech soggy with banalities and bromides in a city that remembers John Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" and Ronald Reagan's "Tear down this wall"?
With German Chancellor Angela Merkel sitting nearby, Obama began his Berlin speech:
"As I've said, Angela and I don't exactly look like previous German and American leaders."
He has indeed said that, too, before, at least about himself. It was mildly amusing in Berlin in 2008, but hardly a Noel Coward-like witticism worth recycling.
His look is just not that interesting. And after being pointless in Berlin, neither is he, other than for the surrealism of his second term.
Will may be reached by email at georgew...@washpost.com.