The Islamic world is coming to a consensus that a discernible American retreat in the region is in the works. America's enemies are increasingly brazen, its friends unnerved.
Witness the hapless Lebanese, once wards of U.S. power, now making pilgrimages, one leader at a time, to Damascus. They, too, can read the wind: If Washington is out to "engage" that terrible lot in Syria, they [had] better scurry there to secure reasonable terms of surrender.
The shadow of American power is receding; the rogues are emboldened.
(Wall Street Journal)