July 27, 2018

AND THEN THEY WONDER WHY THEY HATE US?:

The White House and the Strongman (David D. Kirkpatrick, July 27, 2018, NY Times)

President Trump boasts that he has reversed American policies across the Middle East. Where his predecessor hoped to win hearts and minds, Mr. Trump champions the axiom that brute force is the only response to extremism -- whether in Iran, Syria, Yemen or the Palestinian territories. He has embraced the hawks of the region, in Israel and the Persian Gulf, as his chief guides and allies.

But in many ways, this hard-line approach began to take hold under President Barack Obama, when those same regional allies backed the 2013 military ouster of Egypt's first elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

That coup was a watershed moment for the region, snuffing out dreams of democracy while emboldening both autocrats and jihadists. And American policy pivoted, too, empowering those inside the administration "who say you just have to crush these guys," said Andrew Miller, who oversaw Egypt for the National Security Council under Mr. Obama, and who is now with the Project on Middle East Democracy. Some of the coup's most vocal American advocates went on to top roles in the Trump administration, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump's first national security adviser.

unfortunately, it started earlier than that, when W sided with Israel and the PLO against the democratically elected Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood is democratic and we, all too often in the Middle East, are not.

Posted by at July 27, 2018 10:46 AM

  

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