WASHINGTON -- Give President Obama credit: He has done such a good job of acting unpredictably in the lead-up to his proposed military strikes on Syria that no one knows what he will do next. He has successfully confused ally and enemy alike. Sun Tzu would be proud.But President Barack Obama cannot take all the credit for sowing confusion. Secretary of State John Kerry also has the unique distinction of becoming the first chief American diplomat whose offhand quip at a press conference launched a last-minute, global diplomatic initiative to disarm a murderous dictator. Kerry never thought that he was making a bold bid to avert military strikes that his president's party and public had no interest in supporting. He simply suggested that if Bashar Assad handed all of his chemical weapons over in a week, that might stave off an impending U.S. attack -- and of course, Assad wasn't going to do that. The State Department rushed forward to clarify that Kerry wasn't floating an actual proposal -- he was just speaking rhetorically. You know, riffing. To say that the Obama administration is freelancing when it comes to foreign policy is an insult to freelancers.