According to a Gallup poll, Obama’s approval rating with American foreign policy showed significant improvement in April, which includes his administration’s action towards the Middle East, a region which has dominated every U.S. presidency in recent memory where they’ve all attempted to wrangle with sectarianism and their governments. One person who devoted this year to covering the president’s foreign policy is Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.
And each administration intervenes in the Middle East to protect their interests there — whatever they might be — it makes no difference what kind of intervention the U.S. executes.
The current argument is around the creation of the Islamic State in the Middle East, who had seized significant territory and declared a caliphate as their symbol to the world that they were making gains there.
Never mind that a U.S.-led coalition has also made gains in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, with the help of a new government since Prime Minister Maliki was forced to step down, a government which appears to be more dedicated to governance than driving sectarianism for political gain.
In a tit-for-tat move, while left of center “pins” the current Middle East crisis on George W. Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, one has to admit in the last year of President Obama’s final term in office that he will also be sent off with a legacy that is already embattled with the idea that he created ISIS; at the very worst in the same tone and blatantly incendiary delivery offered by Donald Trump.
Without putting that in some context, those without the patience to look for facts will believe it to be true. But the more commonly established focus of that blame is that he created ISIS by doing nothing about them, even if it means sending thousands of American troops back to the Middle East as Bush did; as if the majority of American voters didn’t overwhelmingly vote for him on the platform that he would pull troops out of the Middle East.
The Reagan administration is often blamed for sending arms and millions to the Afghanistan Mujaheddin during the ’80s. Even further back before Reagan — according to CIA’s former director Robert Gates’ account as published in Counter Punch — it was President Jimmy Carter who started the Mujaheddin six months before the then-Soviets got involved.
From the Mujaheddin rose Osama Bin-Laden as the head of al-Qaeda who was reportedly responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, which would force George W. Bush to scratch his itchy trigger finger for his two wars, for which the Obama administration, again, credits itself with trying to dismantle.
The price of the current administration’s “entrenchment” still appears to be contributing to sectarianism, as the Foreign Policy Journal article states, that it’s been arming Sunni militants — which the Islamic State sides with, rather than the Shia. And as explained in an article by Inquisitr about the recent battle for Fallujah, the issues on the ground become even more complex.
At the very least, there’s no real beginning or end to “resolving” any Middle East conflicts, regardless of how many administrations try.
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