A New Grand Strategy in the Middle East
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  • lukelea

    “limited US engagement focused around three goals: reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, making peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and mitigating the conflict in Syria”

    Doesn’t the author mean “maintaining the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians”? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  • Maynerd

    The Obama administration has “three goals: reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, making peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and mitigating the conflict in Syria.”

    This is laudatory but laughable. The same Obama administration has made a hash out of Syria, Libya, and Egypt. Iraq is increasingly violent and chaotic. Iran is spinning centrifuges faster than ever and now Obama wants to chat with Iran after humiliating himself in Syria.

    Subsequently, the Saudis are going rogue and Israel will pursue its own interests independent of a feckless white house. And don’t forget about our announced “surge” and withdrawal from Afghanistan. How long before the Taliban own that country and Al Qaeda sets up shop?

    • Kavanna

      It’s a laughable joke. Apparently, the Obamaniacs continue to think that concessions to Iran will get the US concessions in Syria. These people know nothing and have learned nothing.

      Their real problem with the Middle East is that it isn’t a video game, and it can’t be manipulated for the TV cameras. So time to change channels.

  • Lyle7

    President Obama must want to look like a fool if this is going to be his foreign policy.

    Iran is going to build nuclear weapons. No deal will prevent this.

    Without using military force or Assad winning the war, Syria will drag on as a great mess, which may make Lebanon and Iraq bigger messes too.

    And there isn’t going to be peace between Israel and the Palestinians any time soon.

    • Pete

      Lyle, a fool is as a fool does.

      This so-called ‘strategy’ is nothing but sophomoric wishful thinking with no idea of how to accomplish any of these objectives alone coordinate their accomplishment together.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    An order of three failures coming right up!

  • Corlyss

    The “new” foreign policy is worse than making the best of how badly he’s screwed up foreign policy in the region. It’s grandiosity typical of narcissistic personalities.

  • Notjack

    You’re kidding right? The above post is meant as satire and is a paean to “The Onion”

    • xbox361

      no, just a “serious” review of the GI gases emanating from Foggy Bottom.

    • Kavanna

      I’ve long maintained that The Onion is a better source of news than any of the so-called quality press.

  • Notjack

    A New Grand Strategy = The End of Israel, WWIII and use of Atomic Bombs.

    • xbox361

      will NY or DC burn for Tel Aviv?
      regional war, not WWIII

  • werewife

    Oh, for the Love of Life Orchestra. Here we go again…
    The only reason for this “new agenda” in the Middle East is because the administration’s original agenda went something like this: “Sit back and bask in new friendship with, and harmony in, the entire Islamic world because the US elected a president with dark skin and Arabic first and middle names.”

    • Kavanna

      And now the narcissism is exposed for what it always was.

  • jb willikers

    .How can it be a “more modest second term strategy” and also a “strategy of breathtaking ambition.”?? Perhaps because any goal at all is a strategy of “breathtaking ambition” for this group. It is not a basis for confidence, as implied, that it abandons the “core goals” of the first strategy. The problem has been that abandoning the first strategy was not done because a light went on , but because the strategy was so completely demolished by reality that none of it was left existing. Those nominally in charge had to think fast and come up with Plan B just for something to do. This is just another forced “pivot du jour” that the administration has zero ability to execute. What they need to do is nothing but that is not “breathtaking”. enough in their minds and also not within their competence either.

  • Diggsc

    Let’s do the math.

    Obama’s incompetence + Obama’s foreign policy goals x John Kerry’s sense of entitlement = A nuclear armed Iran, war between Israel and the Palestinians and thousands more dead Syrians.

  • Bill Sluis

    The final outcome of Obama’s Presidency will be War in the Middle East.
    He abandoned Iraq to Al Queda which is now poised to take over and undo democracy.
    Afghanistan will fall to a newly victorius Taliban.
    making nice to Iran will result in a fully nuclear Iran,
    God knows who Saudi Arabia will coxy up to for security, the EU?China?Russia?
    Israel will protect itself and be condemned by the world.

  • xbox361

    with this pivot to the middle east, the only guarantee is no Iran deal, continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a gas of a time in Syria.

  • Hard Little Machine

    So in lieu of confrontation or even containment, Obama’s new policy is partnering with blood drenched medieval genocidal Jew hating psychopaths and declaring that a success. And in every other dimension, simply outsource or foreign policy, particularly our economic policy in the region to them.

    Ok so when is the joint US-Iranian announcement that Iran is a nuclear weapons power? I’m thinking Feb-March 2014

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