Thursday, September 11, 2014

Few interests, fewer friends in Middle East

Can't tell the players without a scorecard.  The Middle East has turned into a rolling cluster f*ck and there is no way to stop it.  Al the West can do at this point is to form a coalition to contain the madness until there are too few jihadists of any flavor to be a threat.  Hopefully our intelligence agencies are taking full advantage of the Muslim penchant for killing each other and working to hasten their demise.


By Victor Davis Hanson

Published Sept. 11, 2014

Few interests, fewer friends in Middle East

Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.

In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000.

After Obama's red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes and mass murders through a huge swath of Iraq and Syria.

Now the United States is bombing the Islamic State. Sometimes Obama says that he is still seeking a strategy against the jihadist group. Sometimes he wants to reduce it to a manageable problem. And sometimes he says that he wants to degrade or even destroy it.

The Islamic State is still trying to overthrow Assad. If the Obama administration is now bombing the Islamic State, is it then helping Assad? Or when America did not bomb Assad, did it help the Islamic State? Which of the two should Obama bomb -- or both, or neither?

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