Obama and Commodus

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why it didn't work so well for Roman Emperor Commodus when he turned away from a fight against barbarians along the frontier to take up more rewarding domestic pursuits:

"Obama’s rapid withdrawal from Iraq and disengagement from the Middle East in general is therefore understandable, even though it’s a justified target for criticism in the recent memoirs by former officials of his administration. The allure of proclaiming peace and the appeal of focusing on domestic undertakings trumps the unrewarding slog of negotiating with allies and chasing barbaric groups in distant valleys. But the risks are big and, now, they are on the front pages."