October 10, 2015

THE HIGH COST OF THE HOSTAGE CRISIS:

The Real Obama Doctrine (NIALL FERGUSON, Oct. 9, 2015, WSJ)

Mr. Obama also had his own plan for the Middle East. "It would be profoundly in the interest" of the region's citizens "if Sunnis and Shias weren't intent on killing each other," Mr. Obama said in that same interview. "If we were able to get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion--not funding terrorist organizations, not trying to stir up sectarian discontent in other countries, and not developing a nuclear weapon--you could see an equilibrium developing between . . . predominantly Sunni Gulf states and Iran."

Now I see that this was the strategy--a strategy aimed at creating a new balance of power in the Middle East. The deal on Iran's nuclear-arms program was part of Mr. Obama's aim (as he put it to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in May) "to find effective partners--not just in Iraq, but in Syria, and in Yemen, and in Libya." Mr. Obama said he wanted "to create the international coalition and atmosphere in which people across sectarian lines are willing to compromise and are willing to work together in order to provide the next generation a fighting chance for a better future."

Just as W could not process the importance to the WoT of accepting Ayatollah Khameini's first peace offering, neither can the UR process that he's signed an alliance with the Shi'a against the Salafist Sunni Kingdom.

By the time folks can accept that the US and Iran are allies, we'll have already won the war together.

Posted by at October 10, 2015 8:58 AM
  

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