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Strategic Blindness in Syria
American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2013 | G. Murphy Donovan

Posted on 09/16/2013 8:26:15 PM PDT by neverdem

War is a messy business. Serial wars get even more untidy over time. Often, it's hard to know where one begins and another ends. Such is the case today as the Arab spring looks like another Muslim winter. America and Europe stumble from one conflict venue to another wondering what happened to all those rosy assertions about jasmine, justice, moderation, and modernity. The Islamic world is a mess and no one has a clue as to where or how the sequential mayhem ends. In Syria, the nanny states of the West are again perched on the brink of another sectarian and/or tribal abyss.

Nonetheless, the optimism of intervention still prevails. Today you hear argument after argument about the responsibilities of power and success -- or preaching about very selective humanitarian concerns. If you read enough foreign policy analysis you might come to believe that someone has the answer, or that somehow Europe and America have the "responsibility" to make the Third World well. Never mind that the very words "developing" and "emerging" have become geo-political oxymorons, triumphs of hope over experience.

So too, "red line" moralizing. Alas, the no-fault/default cultures of Europe and America are unlikely enforcers of any kind of norms and standards in the less civilized world. The West insists, ironically, on measures of accountability and restraint that have been abandoned in Europe and America. Political decay, especially in the First World, has consequences.

All the rhetoric about global responsibility is a rehash of the "white man's burden" trope. Worse still, the hand-wringing and preaching seems to validate "orientalism," guilt-driven theories that excuse and forgive Muslim pathology because the chaos is thought to be the results of European racism, colonialism, or exploitation.

Ironically, much of the confused strategic rhetoric originates with senior military officers and the Intelligence Community...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; syria

1 posted on 09/16/2013 8:26:15 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Serial wars do get messy.

When have we as Americans ever done this?

Give Obama another Nobel peace prize.

This guy stinks on ice.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 8:29:30 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: neverdem

Obama is beating down the American spirit.

There is little other explanation of his actions.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 8:30:51 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: neverdem


4 posted on 09/16/2013 8:32:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: mylife
I visited Syria when Bashar's daddy, Hafez, was in power. Nothing has changed. The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.
The POTUS back then didn't get his shorts all twisted up, even though bad old Hafez was JUST AS BAD then. Nothing changes over there.
It's a SHAME that Damascus is out of reach now. It was a marvelous city. The people SEEMED to just get on with life. No big deals. All were welcome, just bring money.
5 posted on 09/16/2013 8:34:53 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I would love to see.

I have only been to Libya/Tunisia.


6 posted on 09/16/2013 8:36:55 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: cloudmountain

Petra is on my bucket list.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 8:38:55 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
I never made it to Libya or Tunisia. Moammar Khadhafi was prowling the sands in those days. I would LOVE to see them sometime.

Damascus will be visit-able again some day. It's a must-see.

8 posted on 09/16/2013 8:40:21 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

There are better examples of the Roman Empire in Libya than in Rome.


9 posted on 09/16/2013 8:41:59 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: cloudmountain

God Bless You and stay safe.


10 posted on 09/16/2013 8:43:04 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
Petra was fabulous.

There is no "p" in the Arabic alphabet. They say "Betra."
Hey let's go to the movies and have some bobcorn and Dr. Bebber. No kidding. That is what their English sounds like. :o)

11 posted on 09/16/2013 8:43:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I’ll take your word for it.


12 posted on 09/16/2013 8:44:46 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I am home now. Remember I said when Bashar’s DADDY was in charge, I was there. I am home now in God’s greatest country in the WHOLE wide world.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 8:44:47 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Obama gave Iraq away. I will never forgive him for that.

He let our influence in Turkey slide too.

I would like to see the Bosphorus straits, missed my shot at Cyprus.


14 posted on 09/16/2013 8:49:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
Obama gave Iraq away. I will never forgive him for that.
He let our influence in Turkey slide too.

Yes and yes.

I would like to see the Bosphorus straits, missed my shot at Cyprus.
Both were pretty nice. We went only to the Christian, that is, Greek-Cypriot side.
You could SEE the difference. Greek side: green and clean. Turkish side: brown and dirty.

15 posted on 09/16/2013 8:54:32 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I believe we could have divided the ME from the Black Sea to the Persian gulf.

Obama pissed it away and burnt bridges.


16 posted on 09/16/2013 8:54:44 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: cloudmountain

And Now?

The Brits hold on alone.


17 posted on 09/16/2013 8:56:02 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
I believe we could have divided the ME from the Black Sea to the Persian gulf.
Obama pissed it away and burnt bridges.

I think we should stay the HELL outta the entire ME. They have been fighting each other since the beginning of time. NOTHING and NOBODY can change that.
On the LAST day of existence, when God has had enough of us on earth, THEN the ME will experience peace.
It won't happen before that....ever.

My opinion.

18 posted on 09/16/2013 8:58:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: mylife
And Now?
The Brits hold on alone.

Yes, they do.

19 posted on 09/16/2013 8:58:54 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Fair enough, and the NE stays in the ME not invading Africa Europe and the lot.

Fair enough?


20 posted on 09/16/2013 9:02:24 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: cloudmountain

You petchya!


21 posted on 09/16/2013 9:16:06 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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22 posted on 09/16/2013 9:43:33 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Ever notice how some of these writers make more of the words surrounding a story, than the story itself... shoveling excrement is what I call it.


23 posted on 09/16/2013 10:41:14 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 09/17/2013 9:17:59 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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