“Provocative weakness” - interesting phrase.
Once, long ago, Rush Limbaugh stated he wanted Barack Hussein Obama to fail. This has come to pass, but in a way that brings no credit to the denizens of that territory once known as “the United States of America”. In his failure, the Current Occupant of the White Hut has managed to take a once-great nation down with him, a suicide pilot flying a stolen aircraft into the structure of the greatest beacon for human rights and dignity ever created by men acting under Divine guidance.
This may well be a “diplomatic blind alley”, but only because there is no thread that may be followed to lead anyone back into the light. At this point, just about all the responses available are “blind alleys”.
There is a way out, but first America must cleanse itself. And that may prove to be the greatest and most difficult task of all.
The labors of Hercules seem trivial in comparison.