Consider that the more events spin out of control in the Middle East, the more the president and Senate will be held accountable for entirely inept personnel in key national security positions.
The more violence in the Middle East rages, the more the 2014 and then 2016 election build-up will focus on national security. Nonintervention and big defense cuts may look pretty bad in retrospect.
The more foreign policy disasters multiply, the greater the incentive for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to stop playing to the far right in the party (on a government shutdown, for example) and to instead set out a sober foreign policy vision.
The more Egypt descends into chaos, the stronger the case that we can’t be pro-Israel and also isolationist or for a strong Israel and a weak United States.
The more the Middle East situation worsens, the more President Obama’s vacation on a luxury retreat will come under criticism.
And last, but not least, the worse the crises in Egypt and Syria, the more obvious it will be that Secretary of State John Kerry’s fixation on the “peace process” is absurd.