Elections in the United States, especially elections for President, have been all about choosing the lesser of two evils throughout the country’s history, with only a few exceptions. But the lesser evil in 2016, according to how things stand now, is looking to be a nightmare for the rest of the world, especially if she combines her frighteningly hawkish policies with a Republican Congress. I lament what, at least for now, appears like the necessity to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, lest someone even worse win instead. In today’s Souciant.
Posts Tagged ‘Syria’
Posted in United States, tagged Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, al-Qaida, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Democratic Party, Egypt, Free Syrian Army, Hillary Clinton, Hosni Mubarak, ISIS, Islamic Front, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine, Republican Party, Salafism, Saudi Arabia, Syria on June 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Syria, tagged Adam Shatz, Aleppo, Bosnia, Iran, Iraq, London Review of Books, P5+1, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Nations, United Nations Security Council on January 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
It seems the overwhelming opinion, from across the political spectrum and around the globe, is that we must stand aside and let Syria
burn, offering a bit of humanitarian aid but doing nothing else substantive. This arises for a variety of reasons, including the sordid history of outside intervention and a binary bit of thinking where the only options are to support Assad or to support the dominant militias like al-Nusra and ISIL (sometimes referred to as ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria). Personally, I’m not satisfied with any of the options being proposed, but I also recognize why we are so limited and why the international community is stymied.
Rather than simply bemoan the horror, I propose a new idea for how such tragedies might be addressed. If it, or something like it, were even attempted, it would be too late, at this point, for it to help Syria, more than likely. But the world needs some new system, some new entity, that provides a third choice, that addresses both regional and great power interests that are causing the current paralysis. I describe my ideas in Souciant today.
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Avigdor Lieberman, Axis of Evil, Bahrain, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, France, Geneva, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Israel, John Kerry, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, nuclear, P5+1, Palestine, Saddam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tehran on November 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The Obama Administration has never had the best relationship with Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has never hidden his disdain for Barack Obama, and worked for his defeat in 2012. But the level of invective between the US and Israel in recent days is quite unprecedented.
No doubt, a lot of this has to do with Netanyahu’s inability to chart a course for Israel that includes resolution of any of its conflicts–either diplomatically as the center-left would prefer or by massive exercise of force, as the right favors. Instead, he has chosen a path of perpetual conflict, which has not sat well in Washington and Brussels, where the past decade has whetted their appetites to turn attention elsewhere and, most of all, to extricate themselves from the spreading conflicts and increasingly hostile politics in the Middle East.
But a good deal also is due to an apparent determination on the parts of Obama and John Kerry to change the way the US pursues its agenda in the Mideast. Despite the hysteria of those, such as Abe Foxman, Malcolm Hoenlein, David Harris and Netanyahu himself, who prefer to see Israel in perpetual conflict, the US is not about to abandon Israel, nor its new BFF, Saudi Arabia. But Obama’s opponent in ’12, Mitt Romney, actually laid out the issue very well. When he describes how he would decide on US foreign policy in the Mideast, he said his first step would be to phone his friend, Netanyahu. That’s actually how it has worked for some time, and Obama is trying to change that, though the odds are against his success. I explore in Souciant.
Posted in Syria, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, chemical weapons use in Syria, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, red lines, Russia, Syria, Syria intervention, Syria Strike, Syrian civil war, Vladimir Putin on September 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
A review of the politics of the debate over a US strike on Syria. Who made political gains and losses and why? One thing that was certainly set back was room in the discussion about doing anything within international diplomacy about a war which has killed 110,000 people and created some 7 million refugees (which amounts to about 1/3 of the population!). Still, how this plays out among important players in the international community and within US foreign policy matters. So, I looked at a few of those key players (by no means an exhaustive list) at Lobelog.