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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:33 AM
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It’s always interesting and informative to be appraised of the push-pull, “ying and yang” of the Middle eastern region particularly by someone who actually knows it firsthand . . .

No one knows it better, nor can put into simple terms (as if in an algebraic equation) than Foud Ajami.




He authored a piece in the WSJ titled “THE STRUGGLE FOR THE FERTILE CRESCENT” appearing in today’s (January 14) WSJ

He sums up some of shortcomings of the Obama administration that aren’t going to be helped by the nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State:

" - [...] The Fertile Crescent's protagonists do not fight alone: On one side, there is the Iranian state, influential in Iraq and committed to the Syrian regime and to Hezbollah. On the other is the Sunni pact of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Egypt is of course a Sunni country but it has, due to its immersion in its own troubles at home, remained largely neutral in this struggle. This is a Sunni-Shiite fight, but religious devotion is not the measure of things. This is a very worldly grab for power and wealth and trade routes, and it is fought without sentimentalism or scruples.

This is a malady of that greater Middle East—its atavisms and ambitions. And to this malady, the United States today is a spectator.

Perhaps things would not be as they are if the Obama administration had opted for a residual U.S. presence in Iraq that would have checked the influence of Iran and given Baghdad greater assurance and nerve. Perhaps the conflict in Syria would have played out differently had we been spared the courtship of Assad in 2009 and 2010 by the Obama administration, and by an eager Sen. John Kerry, who ran interference for the administration.

With a more assertive American policy, perhaps a line would have been drawn for the Syrians in Lebanon. They had been banished from that country in 2005 thanks to the Cedar Revolution and to the "diplomacy of freedom" practiced by George W. Bush. The Syrians made their way back in 2009, the price for the Obama administration’s "engaging" the dictatorships in Damascus and Tehran.

Say one thing about the people in the Fertile Crescent: If they had expected help and deliverance from the pre-eminent liberal power in the world, they now know better. - "



HERE is a link to the full article which is well worth reading in its entirety of just 1,100 words
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I'm not convinced the US should be doing the World Police thing. Not that I don't love it - I mean, I get comparative global peace and quite w/out so much as a proverbial penny outta my pocket - but I simply don't think you will be able to afford it.

The interesting question is just how many interest in the ME are non-negotiable in that light. I used to think Israel and traffic out the Hormuz Straits, but this administration has me wondering about the Israel part.
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Got it in one.

Which, btw, is a great single line summary for what ills the ME.
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Was quite prophetic, predicting the rise of ISIS if not by name certainly by actions....
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