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Border Guards Then and Now (Iraq)
Steyn Online ^ | 23 June 2014 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 06/27/2014 7:07:26 PM PDT by Lorianne

The Iraq/Syria border no longer exists: ISIS has simply erased the Anglo-French settlement of 1922. Jordan has just one border post with Iraq - the one I crossed all those years ago - and it's asking an awful lot of these lads to be more respectful of Jordan's sovereignty than they've been of Iraq's or Syria's.

Where next? With Syrian refugees expanding the population of his country by 25 per cent, I wonder how Jordan's King Abdullah feels about being an "ally" of Obama's. Perhaps he nodded his head at the reported comments of the Polish Foreign Minister - that being a US ally "isn't worth anything" and is "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security". No matter how secure that false sense is, waking up to find yourself sharing a border crossing with ISIS is apt to shatter it.

Back in America, the coastal sophisticates joke at those knuckle-dragging rubes who believe Obama is some kind of "secret Muslim". But really Occam's razor would favor such an explanation, wouldn't it? That a post-American Middle East divided between bad-cop nuclear Shia and worse-cop head-hacking Sunni was the plan all along. Because there are only alternatives to that simplest of simple explanations:

The first is that Obama and the Z-graders who fill out his administration are just blundering buffoons. And we all know from Michael Beschloss that he's the smartest president ever, so it couldn't possibly be colossal stupidity on a scale unknown to American history, could it?

The second is that his contempt for American power - a basic class signifier in the circles in which he's moved all his life - is so deeply ingrained that he doesn't care what replaces it.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: iraq; marksteyn; steyn; syria

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