July 8, 2014

Getting the Sunni Gang Back Together

Steve Coll, The New Yorker

The Associated Press

Why has it come to this? The Obama Administration is not responsible for the Middle East’s sectarian conflict or Iraq’s gathering despair. And the prospect of Baghdad’s fall to ISIS was an emergency that seemed to require quick action, however awkward the alliances involved. Yet the contradictions accumulating in American strategy—committing to Maliki but not committing to him; allying with Syria and Iran but not allying with them; arming the Sunni rebels in Syria but not arming them decisively—do require more of an accounting than just, “Forget it, Jake; it’s the Middle East.”

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TAGGED: Iraq, Barack Obama, John Kerry

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