IRAQ / SYRIA ET AL… TO BE SPECIFIC
Right now as our southern border is under siege and the news is filled with solemn discussions of a total fantasy excuse about hard drive crashes magically making email vanish. The House and the Senate can’t agree on where to eat lunch and the oval office is still trying to legislate with a pen. And of course there’s an big kickball game everyone pretends to care about.
In this environment the LAST thing anyone in the US gives a rip about is Iraq or Syria. “They’re on the other side of the globe for heavens sake.” “Not my circus, not my monkey.” “Didn’t we just get OUT of that mess?”
Read the article linked below. Basic premise is what exists in that quarter is reminiscent of the conditions that turned the assassination of an archduke in 1914 into a conflict that drew all major players of the world into a protracted bloodbath (the resolution of which pulled us into yet another).
I won’t go into detail (read the article), but failing to participate in SOME productive and effective form may be the catalyst for ensuring that in the future we are fully engaged whether we want to or not.
The tangle of friends, enemies and alliances is a mess even if our own foreign policy didn’t seemingly have us on opposite sides depending on which sides of a now non-existent border between Syria and Iraq one stands on. Malaki is in tacit alliance with Syria’s Assad, and visibly aligned with Russia and Iran against ISIS. Whose “side” would that put us on? And if ISIS invades Jordan, it gets messy.
The last paragraph of the article is especially troubling. Our administration hasn’t the personnel equal to the the task. We have exactly the wrong people for the task. Contrary to reports, this isn’t Al Qaida’s JV. The only JV on the circuit right now is our administration.
God help the world… this problem has to be dealt with and we have an amateur golfer and pro fund-raiser in the White House, and an idiot at Sec State. I don’t see it ending well.