Of course it’s a mess bordering on schizophrenia. We can’t figure out which side we should be fighting, Sunni or Shia. We’re bombing Sunnis on behalf of the Shia in Iraq and, soon enough, Syria but we’re backing the Sunnis in their air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen. Next year we might switch . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Even Diplomats Admit Our Middle East Policy is a Mess.
Well those damned Muslims have us in hysterics now. Rupert Murdoch says this is on all Muslims. Bill Maher says ditto.
But wait. There are two strains of Muslims – Sunni and Shia. Our Muslims of choice, those we consider our allies, are Sunni – Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, that bunch. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: About That Islamic Terrorism, Who Are We Kidding?
By now we’ve all been well steeped in the brutal excesses of ISIS – beheadings, mass executions, torture – in Middle Eastern parlance, the full nine yards. And so we’re off to Kuwait from where we’ll launch air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq.
Well, since we’re going all the way over there anyway . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Bomb’Em All – Well Except the Kurds, Maybe
Bahrain and Syria both have repressive governments and both had uprisings in 2011, the United States and Saudi Arabia stopped one but are continuing the other, showing democracy and humanitarian concerns don’t shape foreign policy, national self-interest does.
In February 2011 protesters took to the streets in Bahrain calling for greater political freedom. In response . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Syria Isn’t About Syria