US Engagement in the Middle East Is Riskier Than Ever
Twelve years after the invasion of Iraq, the US presses onward in a region where it has few clear goals. What could go wrong?
What if the United States had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Was Iraq, in the words of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the “worst foreign policy blunder” in American history? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions. But first, a request: After each paragraph that follows, could you make sure to add the question “What could possibly go wrong?”
All of Washington’s Horses and All of Washington’s Men...
The costs, the strategy, the blowback. After everything the United States has done in the Middle East, President Obama has decided to move in a fruitless pursuit of reactionary vengeance that will degrade and ultimately destroy the US economy.
Originally aired on 9/11, this video questions whether the US has learned anything from the “War on Terror” or if the government is doomed to repeat history. What do you think?
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What everyone knew already, who doesn't believe in the reporting of the corporate media, has now been confirmed by one of the highest US officials; U.S. vice president Joe Biden told students at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University that the main supporters of extremists and terrorists in Syria are close American allies. Listen to what Biden had to say.
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Follow the Money. Follow the Oil.
The US president held out the promise of a 2011 deal. But he can't keep it without telling Israelis and Palestinians hard truths
There is a firestorm ahead in the Middle East for which neither the US government nor the US public is prepared. They seem scarcely aware how close it is on the horizon or how ferocious it will be. The US government (and therefore almost inevitably the US public) is deluding itself massively about its capacity to handle the situation in terms of its stated objectives. The storm will go from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan to Israel/Palestine, and in the classic expression "it will spread like wildfire."