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25 November 2014 @ 05:56 am
War on some Asians  
Consider the following claims, each of which in Washington circles has attained quasi-canonical status.
* The presence of U.S. forces in the Islamic world contributes to regional stability and enhances American influence.
* The Persian Gulf constitutes a vital U.S. national security interest.
* Egypt and Saudi Arabia are valued and valuable American allies.
* The interests of the United States and Israel align.
* Terrorism poses an existential threat that the United States must defeat.
For decades now, the first four of these assertions have formed the foundation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The events of 9/11 added the fifth, without in any way prompting a reconsideration of the first four. On each of these matters, no senior U.S. official (or anyone aspiring to a position of influence) will dare say otherwise, at least not on the record.
Yet subjected to even casual scrutiny, none of the five will stand up.
--Andrew Bacevich
et in Arcadia egoboo: Israel flag broken heartapostle_of_eris on November 25th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
The interests of the United States and Israel do align.
It's sometimes a toss-up which government has a more *u**ed up idea of its interests. (Invasion of Iraq?? really?)
But I cannot see a serious conflict when both are true to their best principles.