The US is on the way out! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Turner
    • 10.12.10 | 16:42 (IST)

    All the diplospeak in the world will change nothing on the ground. Bush violated the expressed warnings of virtually all Arab states and Israel, and even his own CIA, BEFORE ordering the Iraq invasion. All warned that the one thing that would most please Iran and serve its interests was for the US to remove its most implacable and capable enemy. Credibility of US judgment, of its awareness of even its own, to say nothing of local allies and dependencies needs and interests, took a nosedive. And Iran blossomed on a succession of US military and diplomatic failures in the region covering two, supposedly opposite, presidencies. WikiLeaks provides a day-by-day chronicle of Iran arming, training, providing intelligence and even engaging in actions against the US military in both theatres. And two presidencies have feared the consequences of confronting the aggressor. Nothing provokes more than fear. Bush chose Gates and Mullen because both support the US NOT confronting Iran. Obama keeps them for the same reason. And US ME policy of avoidance has resulted in an almost nuclear Iran threatening the entire region, direct and indirect through proxies low-level warfare and a possible hot war or nuclear arms race. Great US policy outcome. The US has already sent our long-time ally, Turkey seeking shelter with Iran, and other previously allied Arab states considering the same. Bereft of allies and bases, the US is gone, and with that “gone” go the oil and the strategic crossroads east to west, north to south. The US faced-off against the Soviet Union via Egypt and Syria in the twentieth century, and won. Well, guess who’s behind the ayatollahs today? And this time the US is losing.

    from the article: U.S. Defense Secretary: Gulf Arab states back Iran nuclear sanctions
    First published 14:53 10.12.10 | Last updated 14:53 10.12.10
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