January 17, 2014

U.S. Making Things Worse in the Middle East

Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The Associated Press

As violence has flared up in Iraq again, a bevy of Bush administration officials has risen to argue that if only the United States were more actively involved in Iraq, had a few thousand troops there, fought against Sunni militants while pressing Maliki more firmly, things would be very different. Not only does this perspective misunderstand the very deep nature of the conflict in the Middle East but it also fails to see that Washington choosing one side over another made matters substantially worse. One more round of U.S. intervention, in a complex conflict of religion and politics, will only add fuel to the fires in the Middle East.

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TAGGED: Iraq War, Saddam Hussein, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Middle East, United States


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