[…] I remember when Henry Kissinger, that sociopath, actually adopted that policy during the Iran-Iraq War. We armed both sides to keep them at each other so that neither one would win. Thousands of people who were not us got slaughtered meaninglessly. I do not want to believe that American policy in Syria is within miles of that kind of lycanthropic realpolitik. I'd prefer to believe we just don't know what in the hell to do.-Charlie Pierce, reviewing the ever-diminishing range of foreign policy choices – whittled down now to not much more than a superstitious reliance on silver bullets, it seems – currently being considered by the White House this Labor Day weekend.