February 5, 2014

Even the Kurds Are Turning Away from U.S.

Michael Rubin, Commentary Magazine


How sad it is that America’s best friends in the region see the United States as devoid of meaningful influence. And what happens in Kurdistan does not stay in Kurdistan: Every other politician in the region has watched the crisis unfold and concluded that it is Iranian dictates which matter and not the demarches of the United States. And how sad it is, as well, that this is a legacy Obama’s successors will face for years to come.

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TAGGED: Kurdistan, Kurdish Regional Government, Iraq, Barack Obama, United States


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