Skip to comments.Friedman: Obama's nightmare called Syria [HE BLAMES BUSH! NO JOKE!]
Posted on 11/15/2012 5:04:51 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
The sex scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: The Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions.
Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon's civil war and Israel's Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton, it was al-Qaida and Afghanistan. For George W. Bush, it was Iraq and Afghanistan. For Barack Obama's first term, it was Iran and Afghanistan, again.
And for Obama's second term, I fear that it could be the full nightmare all of them at once.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesunion.com ...
For better and for worse, the United States in Iraq pulled the pin; we pulled out Saddam; we set off a huge explosion in the form of a Shiite-Sunni contest for power. Thousands of Iraqis were killed along with more than 4,700 American troops, but the presence of those U.S. troops in and along Iraq's borders prevented the violence from spreading. Our invasion both triggered the civil war in Iraq and contained it at the same time. After that Sunni-Shiite civil war burned itself out, we brokered a fragile, imperfect power-sharing deal between Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Then we got out. It is not at all clear that their deal will survive our departure.
This is Obama’s DREAM situation...he WANTS all this...he wants the Muslim Brotherhood in charge!! Who will HELP US???
I actually think that paragraph is a pretty accurate description of things.
That’s HW Bush, not Dubya. And I agree. If we finished the job the first time, we wouldn’t have had all these problems.
“W shot Archduke Ferdinand”.
I think the Middle East problems of the current day are due to:
Obama disrespecting Israel, like his moronic insistence on pre-1967 borders, among other things.
Obama not leaving Iraq in a secure fashion.
Obama turning his back on a reliable Egyptian ally.
Obama fomenting civil unrest in Libya.
Obama trying to negotiate with the Taliban, leaving Afghanistan in a bad place.
Obama spiking the football regarding bin Laden, which created more terrorists and put US special forces in danger. His hubris also likely led to the outing of a Pakistani informant, which will make future recruitment of informants much more difficult.
Obama enabling Al-Qaeda in Yemen by turning his back on that nation’s leadership.
Those are all problems, though he wasn’t exactly handed Iraq and Afghanistan in good condition. The current fundamental problems in the Middle East to me are:
1) Islam, and
2) Obama’s support of Islamic terrorists and their allies.