US may ally with regime we wanted to bomb 11 months ago to fight ISIS

posted at 11:51 am on July 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

2013′s old and busted was Bashar al-Assad being a “reformer,” and the new hotness that August was that Assad was a monster that the US needed to bomb after using WMD on his own people. Skip forward eleven months and the field may reverse itself. Josh Rogin reports for The Daily Beast that the Obama administration may ally with Assad as a way to slow down or stop ISIS. That would be a remarkable shift for a White House that has spent the last three years looking for ways to bolster the rebellion fighting the Assad regime:

There’s a battle raging inside the Obama administration about whether the United States ought to push away from its goal of toppling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and into a de facto alliance with the Damascus regime to fight ISIS and other Sunni extremists in the region.

As President Obama slowly but surely increases the U.S. military presence on the ground in Iraq, his administration is grappling with the immediate need to stop the ISIS advance and push for a political solution in Baghdad. The 3 1/2-year grinding civil war is Syria has been put on a back burner for now. Some officials inside the administration are proposing that the drive to remove Assad from power, which Obama announced as U.S. policy in 2012, be set aside, too. The focus, these officials argue, should instead be on the region’s security and stability. Governments fighting for survival against extremists should be shored up, not undermined.

“Anyone calling for regime change in Syria is frankly blind to the past decade; and the collapse of eastern Syria, and growth of Jihadistan, leading to 30 to 50 suicide attacks a month in Iraq,” one senior Obama administration official who works on Iraq policy told The Daily Beast.

If nothing else demonstrates the checkers mentality of American foreign policy over the last few years, this does. Barack Obama bombed the Moammar Qaddafi regime out of existence on the basis of “responsibility to protect,” creating a failed state in which al-Qaeda and other jihadist networks could flourish. Even while Assad was actively targeting his own people in the way the Obama administration claimed Qaddafi planned, the White House and especially Hillary Clinton insisted that Assad was a “reformer” with whom the US could work to democratize Syria.

When that clearly wasn’t working, the Obama administration switched to a reluctant opponent of Assad’s, boosting the rebels by non-lethal means publicly, and covertly sending small arms — even though we had difficulty in determining who were the “moderates” and who were the extremists. That reached a fever pitch last summer when Assad crossed the ill-advised “red line” drawn by Obama on the use of chemical weapons, at which point Obama at first moved without Congressional involvement to conduct military action against Assad’s regime. When public reaction quickly turned negative on that idea, Obama requested approval from Congress and didn’t get it.

Eleven months later, Obama now wants to work with Assad to defeat the rebellion … or at least the part of the rebellion that the US doesn’t like. The conceptual view of this partnership is a fairy tale that must be read to be believed:

Some administration officials are also suggesting that Iran could be a partner in a post-war Syria, helping to ensure security there during a transition period, after which Assad would negotiate his own departure.

Er, what? Neither Iran nor Assad want Assad to depart at all. Only someone with a rich fantasy life would believe that aligning with Iran and Assad would hasten Assad’s departure, let alone incentivize Assad to arrange for it. All that does is strengthen Assad, and Iran for that matter. It also will infuriate our Sunni partners in the region, who are aligning against Assad and especially Iran. If anything, it will accelerate the sectarian nature of the fight rather than isolate ISIS in the field.

This is what comes from having no foreign policy strategy, other than to get out of Iraq. Obama does not want to return there even to fight ISIS, which is an offshoot of al-Qaeda, even where we have a straight-up fight militarily — and there are good reasons for that, because we probably can’t arrive in time with enough forces to do the job, thanks to the total withdrawal of 2011. He won’t commit air power to it without forcing the Iraqis to dump Maliki either, which again is not altogether unjustified. However, it leaves us with no strategic or tactical way to stop ISIS, no strategic partner in Baghdad, and no other strategic partners from NATO willing to step in and help. Assad is nothing more than a life preserver tossed into an ocean of bad circumstances, and the rationalizations already arising make it look like an even more ridiculous choice.

If we want to fight ISIS, we’d be better off fighting ISIS ourselves. Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years, in service to nothing except desperation.


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Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

Good Lt on July 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Gee, who on earth could have predicted/forecast this ??

*facepalm*

pambi on July 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

This administration is sending up more trial lead balloons than Boehner on amnesty.

de rigueur on July 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

“Leading from behind” – super smart power……………..

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Smart Power…

Drained Brain on July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

It doesn’t even make sense to think about this.

Akzed on July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Dear Liar’s Mideast policy needs to come with a warning label: may cause whiplash.

Only someone with a rich fantasy life would believe that aligning with Iran and Assad would hasten Assad’s departure

You mean someone who’s a better speech writer than his speechwriters and a better policy director than his policy directors?

rbj on July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

obama now openly funds/trains ISIS members. Period.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Maybe if he spoke in their native tongue, Austrian, they would understand how knowledgeable this president is in foreign affairs.

right2bright on July 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Don’t worry. John McCain “knows who the good guys are.”

bw222 on July 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Good thing we didn’t “defriend” Assad on facebook last year!

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

…Smart Power!…red line huh?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Incoherent foreign policy.

forest on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Syria will be over run by a heard of Unicorn’s before this president has any viable foreign policy…

right2bright on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Obama’s foreign policy borders on Schizophrenia.

portlandon on July 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

If we want to fight ISIS, we’d be better off fighting ISIS ourselves. Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years, in service to nothing except desperation.

And ineptitude. obama is utterly lost, foreign/domestic. The thug thought the world would bow to him, alas.

Not one foreign success, not one. I triple dare anyone to name one, but…they come back with “the terrorists”, Hamas, and such.

The open borders will knock him out domestically. I hope he gets scabies and itches eternally.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

…wonder if JugEars will want to take the position of Ambassador… to the new country that is developing?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The United States is a rudderless ship with Obama at the helm.

“Full Steam to wherever!”

portlandon on July 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

…wonder if JugEars will want to take the position of Ambassador… to the new country that is developing?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Only if he forgets about ambassador Stevens….which is a distinct possibility. Better get started on the video just in case.

Oldnuke on July 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

That’s a peace prize!

Christien on July 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years, in service to nothing except desperation.

There is another option – prop up Assad, while neutering Iran. Iran will have to be dealt with, sooner or later, anyway.

OldEnglish on July 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Preznit Obama knows exactly what he is doing. He just wants our enemies to think he doesn’t have a clue. That is Smart Power at it’s best.

–Press Sec. Josh Earnest (aka Baghdad Bob, Jr.)

Press briefing coming in 3….2….1…

NOMOBO on July 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Squirrel: Those Republicans want to take away your birth control!

forest on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Iran and Russia are 1000-fold smarter than obama and have lots of political influence in Syria and now Iraq.

obama needs to golf some more.

Apparently he’s checked out.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Good thing we didn’t “defriend” Assad on facebook last year!

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Heh.

ShainS on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Fairy tale land.

“Once upon a time an incompetent was made President of the most powerful country in the world….
…Did anyone live happily ever after?”

albill on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Leftists still float that picture of Rumsfeld shaking saddam’s hand… from 1983. Of course, Obama was hugging Qaddafi a year before he declared that he had to go… And a few months ago, Assad was enemy number one.

Leftists have neither a clue nor a spine.

mankai on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

This time, it’s Syrian You Guys.

Christien on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Preznit Obama knows exactly what he is doing. He just wants our enemies to think he doesn’t have a clue. That is Smart Power at it’s best.

–Press Sec. Josh Earnest (aka Baghdad Bob, Jr.‘s offspring)

Fify…but this guy at least knows he’s lying and laughs with the media at the WH.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Preznit Obama knows exactly what he is doing. He just wants our enemies to think he doesn’t have a clue. That is Smart Power at it’s best.

–Press Sec. Josh Earnest (aka Baghdad Bob, Jr.)

Press briefing coming in 3….2….1…

NOMOBO on July 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I think some folks just called his bluff……………

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

As I said in the Headlines: I’ve been waiting for this one.

The triumph of the realists…

JohnGalt23 on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Some folks call it pivoting…

I suppose that is one way to describe stumbling and flailing around aimlessly.

reaganaut on July 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Good grief what a bunch of know nothing, feckless morons. Send in Sec Lurch! I’m sure he is questioning taking this dream job.

major dad on July 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Strange Bedfellow’s indeed.

Missilengr on July 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Strange Bedfellow’s indeed.

Missilengr on July 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

But enough about obaME!’s sex life…………

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Pivot to Assad!

Mr. Bingley on July 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Halp Us, Jon Cary!

Christien on July 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

If we want to fight ISIS, we’d be better off fighting ISIS ourselves.

ISIS is a creation of the fellas you call partners…..

It also will infuriate our Sunni partners in the region,

Partners in what exactly? Protecting the Magic Kingdom and the largess dolloped on influential American partners?

BL@KBIRD on July 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“I always said that Assad is our friend” — Hillary

Plus, back to this

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

So…….

The lazy stupid rat-eared bastard, Killary, and Kerry have so messed stuff up in the Middle East that now he wants to support a guy who repeatedly gasses his own people?????

Aleppo and nerve gas ring a bell?

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

How the hell did the media get away with dressing up these Keystone Cops as diplomatic tacticians for so long?

crrr6 on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Obambie caught in a vicious cycle of the enemy of my enemy of my enemy, etc.

He should just go golfing and spare the world of anymore mumbling.

Tsar of Earth on July 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

So…….

The lazy stupid rat-eared bastard, Killary, and Kerry have so messed stuff up in the Middle East that now he wants to support a guy who repeatedly gasses his own people?????

Aleppo and nerve gas ring a bell?

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Dude, that was like months ago!

#OnePresidentsTerroristIsTheSamePresidentsFreedomFighter

ShainS on July 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Victor David Hanson was opining on the knowledge base, skills and wisdom of the State Department’s and Foreign Policy Advisors of President’s Eisenhower to Nixon and comparing them to the kindergarten level of King Putt’s advisors. VDH has a very revealing reflection on our situation and DEAD ON ACCURATE.
931 days.
So, there is plenty of time to force the entire Western World into eating Crap Sandwiches.
Frank Davis must be giggling in Hell.

Missilengr on July 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

If we want to fight ISIS, we’d be better off fighting ISIS ourselves. Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years, in service to nothing except desperationValerie Jarrett.

Key West Reader on July 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

… Leftists have neither a clue nor a spine.

mankai on July 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Invertebrates, they are. Of the lowest echelons. (Or Slime Mold)

Tsar of Earth on July 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

So…….

The lazy stupid rat-eared bastard, Killary, and Kerry have so messed stuff up in the Middle East that now he wants to support a guy who repeatedly gasses his own people?????

Aleppo and nerve gas ring a bell?

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

hey now, he’s just getting a few pointers on how it’s done…………..

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

The Obama Doctrine:
Old and Busted: SMART POWER!!!1111!!!elebinty
New Hotness: Complete Confusion

We are in the best of hands, best of hands.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

In foreign policy, Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy was derided at the time by liberals as reckless warmongering — but it led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, Reagan also believed that, far from being the solution to what ailed America, Big Government was the problem. And his tax cuts kicked off one of our most enduring recoveries.

Barack Obama’s message could not be more different. Like Jimmy Carter, who accused Reagan of courting nuclear war, Obama claims anyone who disagrees with him simply wants to go around invading other countries. And he campaigned on the theme of “smart government.”

The results are all around us: victory snatched away in Iraq, a dysfunctional ObamaCare, an arrogant IRS, etc.

Is it really any wonder that given a choice between Reagan’s strength and small government and Obama’s weakness and “smart” government, even today Reagan handily wins a contest for the presidency?

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Barack Obama bombed the Moammar Qaddafi regime out of existence on the basis of “responsibility to protect,” creating a failed state…

I think his foreign policy is quite consistent. He has the gift of potentially creating a failed state anywhere he intervenes. In fact, I’ll go a step further and suggest this is the focus of his domestic policy as well.

DaveDief on July 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

The lazy stupid rat-eared bastard…

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

It’s lyrical and melodious at this point. (Pls don’t ever stop.)

Tsar of Earth on July 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

How many more years of this train wreck do we have?

I want to believe that someone in this administration has some kind of clue. I want to believe, but I simply cannot.

Short sighted, too little, too late, or most often, just plain wrong. This foreign “policy” is so completely incoherent you would think the blind squirrel would find a nut once in a while. Nope.

JusDreamin on July 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

For our new Illegal Mexican and Central American neighbors.

Este régimen es tan corrupto. No hay gansos tontos que estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos.
Si una nación no puede defender su propio territorio y las fronteras Soveriegn ser adquirida por extranjeros, ¿es realmente una nación más? No hay gansos tontos, de nuevo estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos.

Y ¿cómo se puede creer que este líder cuando miente a su propio pueblo? Espera, estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos o Siria?

For you regular European Americans…

This regime is so corrupt. No silly gooses I am talking about the United States.
If a nation cannot defend it’s own territory and soveriegn borders being taken over by foreigners, is it really a nation anymore?No silly gooses, again I am talking about the United States.

And how can you believe this leader when he lies to his own people? Wait, am I talking about the United States or Syria?

PappyD61 on July 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I was for bombing Assad before I was against bombing Assad – John Kerry

On a more serious note, dealing with something like the Syrian revolt required a deft touch with an understanding of history, geo-politics, and Syria’s role in creating the Iraqi “insurgency”

Obama and Kerry had none of that nor did they care to acquire it.

So they left behind the change to either try and strengthen the more moderate elements of the resistance or to demand serious concessions out of Assad, let alone the opportunity to punish his regime for its acts of war in Iraq.

This alone should lead to no Democrat being considered for the Presidency for a generation (and looking at McCain no GOPe leaders either). But unfortunately the people who will decide our leadership in 2014 and 16 have no knowledge of any of this and are happy in their ignorance.

18-1 on July 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The incompetence of this Obamination is mind-blowing. What the hell are they doing in the WH and State Dept.? Throwing shite in front of a fan and seeing what sticks to the wall? I mean seriously WTH? I think we would get better results by asking random homeless people in Des Moines.

It goes something like this;

Barky – Hey mister wake-up, I have a question for you. Do we overthrow Assad of bomb the living shite out of ISIS/ISIL/IS?

Homeless Dude – Ice Cream

Barky – I heard you say both, Okay thanks. Can I grab a selfie with you? Val-Jar making a collage for my Library.

I wish I was kidding but this seems like what’s going on.

D-fusit on July 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is a cray-cray world…

ladyingray on July 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

What happened to giving the Free Syrian Army 500 million dollars from last week? Do we ally with Assad to fight the rebels we are funding? Really! Let’s pick a horse and ride it come whatever like the Iranians and Putin do. Then even if you don’t win, you have at least not dismayed your other allies.

KW64 on July 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Bizarro world

cmsinaz on July 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Let us not forget that all of this was under the direct supervision of the world’s smartest man and woman in history, Barak Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton. Can’t put more than a small percentage of the blame on Kerry because Hillary and Obama had steered the ship directly into the cliff for over four years.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Dude, that was like months ago!

ShainS on July 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, two to be exact. But let’s not let that reality stand in the way of all the smart power coming out of the White House and Foggy Bottom.

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM

ffs

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

“Programs!! Programs!!!! Get yer programs right here, folks!!! Ya’ can’t tell the playas without a program!!! Get yer programs right here, folks!!!”…..

These thugs and wannabe dictators ought to have numbers on their backs so we can keep track of them and figure out what team they are on at any given point in time…

bimmcorp on July 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

As far as i can tell, smart foreign policy is never having a foreign policy.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

As I said in the Headlines: I’ve been waiting for this one.

The triumph of the realists…

JohnGalt23 on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

A rat running through a maze trying every door will eventually be right. He’s neither intelligent nor a realist; he’s just desperate and trying everything in no particular order.

The only difference is that this administration is convinced that’s it’s G-d’s gift to the world.

ChicagoJewishGuy on July 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Obama Modus Operandi: Just Do Stupid Shit

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Apparently, the Liberals’ fight to end “discrimination” has led to their total inability to discriminate between “allies” and “enemies”!!

landlines on July 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years

Mission Accomplished
-Soros

abobo on July 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

For our new Illegal Mexican and Central American neighbors.

Este régimen es tan corrupto. No hay gansos tontos que estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos.
Si una nación no puede defender su propio territorio y las fronteras Soveriegn ser adquirida por extranjeros, ¿es realmente una nación más? No hay gansos tontos, de nuevo estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos.

Y ¿cómo se puede creer que este líder cuando miente a su propio pueblo? Espera, estoy hablando de los Estados Unidos o Siria?

For you regular European Americans…

This regime is so corrupt. No silly gooses I am talking about the United States.
If a nation cannot defend it’s own territory and soveriegn borders being taken over by foreigners, is it really a nation anymore?No silly gooses, again I am talking about the United States.

And how can you believe this leader when he lies to his own people? Wait, am I talking about the United States or Syria?

PappyD61 on July 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Hey Pappy, would you like to come work in my office? We have a heck of a time communicating with our non English speaking patients despite the fact that there are three Hispanic ladies working in the office who don’t speak a word of Espanol.

NOMOBO on July 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Definition of Muslim ally: One who hasn’t attacked you within the last five minutes!!!

The hard truth is that for all intents and purposes ALL Muslims are our enemies.

A German writing in a Belgian newspaper writes: “We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is a religion of PEACE and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant….

“The fact is that fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead and honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. it is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and become suicide bombers.”

Against these fanatics, we have Barack Obama protecting us–Bergdahl instead of Patton..

MaiDee on July 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.
Good Lt on July 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Yep!!

coolrepublica on July 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Apparently, the Liberals’ fight to end “discrimination” has led to their total inability to discriminate between “allies” and “enemies”!!

landlines on July 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

When everyone gets a trophy, you don’t have to make choices…

bofh on July 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

The Pencil Neck may be that stupid, but you can bet Vlad isn’t.

“Leading from behind” – super smart power……………..

VegasRick on July 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

“Leading from out of his behind”

FIFY

formwiz on July 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

It’s gotten surreal to see what a disaster American foreign policy has become. Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, (soon) Af-Pak.

It’s like we don’t even have a foreign policy any more. It’s like some bizarre kabuki performance. Hilly and Lurch have both been disgraces as foreign policy experts. Why Barry thinks so highly of these blundering lion-of-the-Senate types is based on nothing rational about their performance as Secretary. How insecure he is to think he should have them as a key player in foreign policy when neither of them is actually qualified for the job.

After this bunch, you almost start to miss Madeleine Allbright, ditzy as she was on occasion.

Toocon on July 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I don’t know why I always think about this when I read articles like this about Obama’s smart power.

OccamsRazor on July 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Talk about your pivots.
Wherever Obama pivots, he leaves divots.

jbspry on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

It amazes me that we are sending thirty or so totally tricked out Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the Iraqi’s. WTFO?
This Poser President is worse than Klinton when he taught the PRC the secrets of multi-payload orbit technology (via Lorral) … at least The Boy President got some re-election millions for the technology. King Putt just gives this leading edge technology AWAY and within months it will be in the hands of our enemies.
This is maddening … but then again it is being done ON PURPOSE!
Stupid Americans.

Missilengr on July 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

oops, looks like the obama administration might have to use the message recall function to get all those sternly worded letters back.

So is this the Obama Doctrine. Keep both our enemies and friends confused as to who we are supporting and who we are against every week?

HumpBot Salvation on July 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM

If we want to fight ISIS, we’d be better off fighting ISIS ourselves. Propping up Assad through Iran is a complete reversal of American foreign policy of the last 35 years, in service to nothing except desperation.

Actually, it is in service to American and European progressive dogma. Which boils down to “We need Arab oil”, with a side order of “Letting Israel be reestablished was a terrible mistake”.

They believe we are and should be friends with the most violent and radical Arab/Islamist entities, because they want a single “warlord” in the Mideast to ensure an endless supply of oil. Even when they publicly decry its use. The objective being the classic “eat your cake and have it, too” result. Avoid use of domestic energy sources here in the U.S., punish those who try to make use of them, but ensure an endless supply for “important things”- like the chauffeur-driven limos of the elite’.

Also, many (like The One) are fantasists carried away by an admiration for the “mystical, enlightened East” coupled with a nearly-psychopathic hatred for the “evil, materialistic West”. They believe that a new, mystical Utopia is being born there, and want us to be its adoring acolytes- while its rulers (whom they believe aren’t smart enough to actually run the world they are creating with fire, blood, and the sword)will be their adoring acolytes. And muscle boys to keep the rest of humanity in line.

As for Israel, most of them hate it for being a “beachhead” of Westernism in the “superior” East. Others hate it for being Jewish, or at least “not the right kind of” Jewish. (As P.J. O’Rourke once observed, progressives think all Jews should be like the staff of Tikkun.)

And many of the older generation of progressives hate Israel for refusing to ally with Stalin’s Russia way back when. Since (a) Russia voted for partition, and (b) a lot of the first-generation Israelis were Russian emigres’, then (c) they were required to be a Soviet ally.

Since Israel went with the U.S. instead, the state is illegitimate in their eyes, and must be destroyed as payback.

They forget that most of those Russian Jews emigrated in the 1920s and 1930s, fleeing anti-Semitism in Russia. Many Jews in the middle class (sneered at as kulaks- “rich peasants”- by the new Communist regime’) died or lost their property in the purges. Still more died in the “terror famines” caused by Lysenkoism. The remainder were leaving Russia long before the Wehrmacht arrived in June of 1941.

Exactly why Stalin ordered the “yes” vote is unknown, although most experts suspect he mainly did it to irritate the British, with a side order of poking Germany in the eye. I doubt he ever seriously expected the new state to be a Soviet “satellite”, no matter what the rest of his inner circle may have hoped for.

When you put it all together, American progressive attitudes and policies in the Mideast assume that the most violent, primitive, unstable elements there are the “good guys”, and that we should be allied with them. As the next step toward Utopia.

Yes, the Islamists think they’re nuts, too. But they don’t mind. As the old saying goes, they would rather fight a thousand fools than have even one on their own side.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Obama must go now!

claudius on July 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Maybe we can team up with the Somalian pirates and Boko Haram next.

DarthBrooks on July 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Don’t throw away your copies of “A Rose in the Desert.”

Viator on July 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

The enemy of my enemy is my tool.

s1im on July 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM