I don’t write much about the Middle East because — Jesus, it’s a clusterfuck and it just gets worse and worse and it is depressing. It’s basically an unsolvable problem and everybody wants to kill each other.
But I think I have figure out ONE truism.
Intervention on the part of the United States makes things worse for us.
I don’t care who the president is, or where the conflict is within the Middles East, or whose side we are on. Everytime we intervene, it just makes the situation worse. The Middle East is fire, we are oil, period. Case in point:
In another embarrassing setback for one of President Barack Obama’s centerpiece strategies for defeating the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Friday that the commander of U.S.-trained Syrians appears to have turned over his pickup trucks and weapons to al Qaeda militants in exchange for protection within days of re-entering his homeland.
The Pentagon admission represented an abrupt reversal of its position as recently as Wednesday, when American military officials firmly denied social media reports that a U.S.-backed commander had defected to Nusra Front, Syria’s al Qaida affiliate, and provided trucks and weapons to the radical Islamic group.
“Unfortunately, we learned today that the New Syrian Force unit now says it did in fact provide six pick-up trucks and a portion of their ammunition to a suspected al-Nusra Front (representative),” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday evening.
Two days earlier, Davis had stated: “The folks that are part of the New Syrian Force are accounted for, as are their weapons.”
The new revelations angered American military leaders.
Remember the good old days when the Russians invaded Afghanistan and we backed the Afghan rebels there by providing them weapons, including that guy — oh, what was his name — Osama bin Laden? Fine ally he turned out to be.
The political climate is unstable there, and the factional politics is always shifting. You can show a support for Israel (and we do and we should), but trying to back anyone on the flipside of that coin — it’s impossible. And if stupid me has figured that out, why hasn’t anyone in power?