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Mideast Complexities Confound US Coalition Effort

World  (tags: ISISI analysis, diplomacy, regional politics, Sunni vs. Shiite, world, society, politics, middle-east, violence, Refugees&Relief )

- 1701 days ago -
U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the territorial gains of the Islamic State group in Iraq. But getting concrete assistance is another matter, and there is a whiff of lip service about the proceedings.


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Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday September 25, 2014, 2:27 pm
Noted. I will continue to say that this is one mess the U.S. should've just stayed out of. I didn't see any mention of the Wahhabi sect that is in Saudi Arabia, and the kingdoms' effort to spread that. Although this article was excellent in explaining much of the chaos, there is even more under the surface.

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday September 25, 2014, 2:31 pm

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday September 25, 2014, 10:38 pm
Mideast complexities and U.S. domestic politics both play havoc with any attempt by the U.S. to try to address trouble there. Accepting the complexities there at a level which would allow the U.S. to work with them means publicly accepting truths which are politically unpalatable to large voting blocs within the U.S, No U.S. government today could hope to work intelligently in the Mideast and hope to get reelected.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 26, 2014, 12:39 am
The US foreign policy on this issue is all over the place they are like the mask of Janus trying to face all ways at once.They are now saying that it is going to take years and the US is in it for the long haul.How many dollars has it taken to involve other countries in this useless war.How many more of our young men will lose their lives fighting for a cause which has little to do with them.Let those who advocate war be the first to don the uniform.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday September 26, 2014, 12:40 am

Sandra Ferri (114)
Friday September 26, 2014, 2:23 am
Thanks for sharing xoxo

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 26, 2014, 11:06 am
Here's some more about those "complexities", i.e. proxy war:

Professor As’ad AbuKhalil’s explanation
Thx Cal.

jan b (5)
Friday September 26, 2014, 3:02 pm
I believe this was a tough call.

This deal with ISIS reminds me of when the Nazi party began Nazi anti-Jewish policy functioned on two primary levels: legal measures to expel the Jews from society with one goal: to make the Jews leave Germany. (just as Palestine arabs under Hamas want the jews out of the middle east.

The United States hoped to stay out. Drawing on its experience from World War I, Congress passed a series of Neutrality Acts between 1935 and 1939, which were intended to prevent Americans becoming entangled with belligerents.

We are at a crossroads ---the German Nazi party was small at one time ----


Judy C (91)
Friday September 26, 2014, 5:55 pm
The thought never occurs to us that we need to stop taking rash actions on situations that we can't even sort out, and that we have already created, or exacerbated.
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