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BREAKING: U.S. Middle East Policy Still a Disaster

prettayprettaygood:

A few interesting tidbits from several periodicals of note.

First, a reminder that U.S. intervention in Iraq helped create ISIS, via The New Yorker:

ISIS is run by a council of former Iraqi generals, according to Hisham Alhashimi, an adviser to the Iraqi…

US Begins Selling “Syria Intervention” Using ISIS Pretext | Global Research

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism - NYTimes.com

ISIS is but a symptom. Saudi Arabia is the problem.

The U.S. Has Already Completed Regime Change In Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Iraq (Twice), Afghanistan (Twice), Turkey, Libya and Other Oil-Rich Countries

paleolibertarian:

Syria

Everyone knows that the U.S. and its allies have heavily backed Islamic terrorists in Syria in an attempt to implement regime change in that country.

But did you know that the U.S. previously carried out regime change in Syria?

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:

As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action.
The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.

The reason the U.S. initiated the coup? Little explains:

In late 1945, the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) announced plans to construct the Trans-Arabian Pipe Line (TAPLINE) from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterra- nean. With U.S. help, ARAMCO secured rights-of-way from Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Syrian right-of-way was stalled in parliament.

In other words, Syria was the sole holdout for the lucrative oil pipeline….

Iran Lawsuit Has Eric Holder Terrified - Bloomberg View

US police get antiterror training in Israel on privately funded trips

The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry

…That should mean widely shared benefits for an industry that operates on a “co-opetition” model, in which most big systems include components from several manufacturers—amidst a demand furnished by a rising tide of unrest around the world.

“Let’s paint a picture of the world right now,” Epstein says. “You’ve got the Europeans worried about what the Russians are doing in their backyard; we’ve got our hands full right now in Iraq; you’ve got the Israelis with their hands full in their region; and then you have the Chinese and Japanese in the South China Sea. As an investor, with this much regional conflict in the world, at least from a sentiment point of view, that can’t be bad.”

How Money Warps U.S. Foreign Policy

US Airstrikes Won't Eradicate ISIS

US Foreign Policy: War for Money

Breaking the last taboo - Gaza and the threat of world war

antinwo:

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/iraq-crisis-isis-terrorists-were-trained-by-us-2012-syria-conflict-602594

“Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing.”

Last Tango in Kabul

The Pentagon’s $800-Billion Real Estate Problem

hipsterlibertarian:

War is just one more big government program.