June 13, 2014

How Two Presidents & Some Jihadists Killed Iraq

Michael Weiss, Politico

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The breakup of Iraq is something that the United States spent over $2 trillion over the last decade trying to avoid. If it happens, it will prove a devastating legacy for two American presidents, Bush and Barack Obama. It is a fate that has been feared—and foretold – not just for the last ten years but for much of the last hundred, ever since the modern nation-states of the Middle East – mainly Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – were created out of whole cloth by British and French diplomats seeking to reclaim their spheres of influence after World War I. Since then Arab nationalists, left-wing anti-imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists have variously dreamed of erasing the legacy of the so-called Sykes-Picot agreement, under which Mark Sykes, a British MP, and Francois-Georges...

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