Sunday, June 22, 2014

Is the Violent ISIS Campaign in Iraq -- Funded By Our Allies -- Really An Attack on Iran?

From AlterNet:

What’s important as far as Obama is concerned, is that the strategic objectives of Isis and those of the United States coincide. Both entities seek greater political representation for Sunnis, both want to minimize Iranian influence in Iraq, and both support a soft partition plan that former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Leslie H. Gelb, called "The only viable strategy to correct (Iraq ‘s) historical defect and move in stages toward a three-state solution: Kurds in the north, Sunnis in the center and Shiites in the south." This is why Obama hasn’t attacked the militia even though it has marched to within 50 miles of Baghdad. It’s because the US benefits from these developments.
More here.

Generally, it's a very good idea to question heavily the official establishment line on foreign policy, especially when concerning the Middle East, which is usually incoherent. I don't know that this is what's actually happening, but it's not incoherent, and makes a LOT more sense than what we're getting from US pundits and politicians.