Turkey Vs. Iran: Advantage, US
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  • Kenny

    Turkey v. Iran.

    Yes, Mr. Mead, competition and possible conflict among regional or even local powers ensue when the U.S. withdraws or even weakens its position in an area.

    There’s a feeling in the air that we’re going to be seen more of this worldwide as the U.S. pulls in its horns a bit, don’t you think?

  • David Billington

    Your points here are well-taken but the larger trend in the region is still working against US interests as we have defined and upheld them to date.

    We have just decided not to attempt to intensify sanctions against Iran for its recent terror plot in Washington DC. This means that Iran will continue its nuclear program on its present footing.

    Setbacks in Iran’s diplomatic relations with other countries are not as important as the change in the region that will result from a nuclear Iran (followed in short order by a nuclear Arab bloc). What you may be seeing with Turkey is a first sign of the more intense Sunni-Shia division that is likely to accompany nuclearization of the Middle East.

  • Micha

    Is there a danger that Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi-Arabia will decide to compete with each other in the field of hostility to Israel?

    If so, what will the US do?

  • Jack Kalpakian

    The argument here is similar to those raised by some against ending the Iran-Iraq war. The US will indeed benefit from conflict between large Middle Eastern powers on the short term, but in the long term the region will continue to be a headache for the whole world. Further, I submit that there is precious little that the US can do to promote or reduce conflict there.

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