Even the New York Times …

... hated Obama's foreign policy speech
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Whenever President Obama does something that is universally panned, such as his foreign policy speech/commencement address at West Point on Wednesday, he can typically count on the New York Times editorial board to have his back. Not this time.

“The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left,” the Times’ editors wrote. “This was far from Mr. Obama’s big moment.”

The board did its best to highlight the good parts of the speech—“Mr. Obama did make a strong case on the use of force”—before unloading on the rest:

Against the Obama Administration’s Imperialist Meddling in Nigeria

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How many American parents would proudly send their sons and daughters off to kill or be killed in Lagos or Chibok? How many young men and women aspire to be the first American to fall in Damaturu?

These towns are located in Nigeria. That’s in Africa. President Obama has not publicly discussed sending U.S. troops to Nigeria, but can we trust him?

As the pressure mounts from America’s media elites and hashtag aficionados, what will he do when strongly worded condemnations fail to persuade Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau to release the hundreds of girls his group has enlisted in its quest for religious freedom?

ANALYSIS: Assad Early Frontrunner in Syrian Presidential Race

Syran President Bashar al-Assad meets with then-Senator John Kerry in 2010. (AP)

Earlier this week, embattled incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced that he will seek a third term in national elections scheduled for June.

It should be one of the more contentious races of the 2014 cycle. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Assad remains “an extremely polarizing figure: His supporters laud his as the man who saved the nation from terrorism and rule by Islamic zealots. Critics call him a despot who led his county to ruin.”

But according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis, Assad is the early frontrunner. Here’s a look at some of the key factors that could boost Assad’s reelection bid: