Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Analysis on Syria and Iran

from Michael Ledeen.  Key grafs:
Can anyone detect a pattern here?  Mubarak must go.  Qadaffi must go.  But no diplomatic pressure on Assad, nor, aside from the occasional Obama video, any tough talk to the Iranians.
It’s an operational definition of appeasing your worst enemies and dissing friends and (what’s the best way to define Qadaffi?) a would-be or sometimes friend.  Which is a very masochistic foreign policy.  It’s what you get from a president who sees America as the root cause of mischief, and perhaps even evil, in the world, and is more concerned about punishing his own people than fighting our enemies.
Careful, Michael.  I said the same thing and was ripped for being "uncivil."

One of the reasons I find defense, foreign policy and history so fascinating is that each is a puzzle.  You have to put the pieces of the puzzle together, even though you don't know what the puzzle is supposed to look like.  You just have a collection of pieces, some of which fit, others of which do not, and still others are indeterminate.  And you may not even have the entire collection.

Ledeen, as he usually does, discusses quite a few puzzle pieces in his latest.  Give him a look-see.

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