The Kurds and the Sunnis must be united to stop Iran from taking over in Iraq and alQaeda in Syria
By Ted Belman
With the looming American withdrawal from Iraq, Caroline Glick, in Naming things by their name, summarizes America’s failure in the ME and the reasons for it. First and foremost it refuses to name the enemy but rather made war on a tactic. In its desire not to be identified with dictators because they are hated by the people, America helped to bring down allies of the US, Quaddafi and Mubarek (the enemy of my enemy is my friend) and choose instead to align with her enemies, made easier by having not named them.
HOW HAS this situation arisen? How is it possible that the US finds itself today with so few good options in the Arab world after all the blood and treasure it has sacrificed? The answer to this question is found to a large degree in an article by Prof. Angelo Codevilla in the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books titled “The Lost Decade.”
Codevilla argues that the reason the US finds itself in the position it is in today owes to a significant degree to its refusal after September 11, 2001, to properly identify its enemy. US foreign policy elites of all stripes and sizes refused to consider clearly how the US should best defend its interests because they refused to identify who most endangered those interests.
The Left refused to acknowledge that the US was under attack from the forces of radical Islam enabled by Islamic supremacist regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Iran because the Left didn’t want the US to fight. Moreover, because the Left believes that US policies are to blame for the Islamic world’s hostility to America, leftists favor foreign policies predicated on US appeasement of its enemies.
For its part, the Right refused to acknowledge the identity and nature of the US’s enemy because it feared the Left.
Rather than fight to defend the US, the US went to war to transform the Arab world from one imbued with unmentionable religious extremism to one increasingly ruled by democratically elected unmentionable religious extremism.
The lion’s share of responsibility for this dismal state of affairs lies with former president Bush and his administration. While the Left didn’t want to fight or defeat the forces of radical Islam after September 11, the majority of Americans did. And by catering to the Left and refusing to identify the enemy, Bush adopted war-fighting tactics that discredited the war effort and demoralized and divided the American public, thus paving the way for Obama to be elected while running on a radical anti-war platform of retreat and appeasement.
Since Obama came into office, he has followed the Left’s ideological guidelines of ending the fight against and seeking to appease America’s worst enemies. This is why he has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This is why he turned a blind eye to the Islamists who dominated the opposition to Gaddafi. This is why he has sought to appease Iran and Syria. This is why he supports the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition. This is why he supports Turkey’s Islamist government. And this is why he is hostile to Israel.
And this is why come December 31, the US will withdraw in defeat from Iraq, and pro- American forces in the region and the US itself will reap the whirlwind of Washington’s irresponsibility.
There is a price to be paid for calling an enemy an enemy. But there is an even greater price to be paid for failing to do so.
After 9/11, the US had to do something but balked at doing the right thing.
In response to this US failure, her former allies, Israel and the monarchies, are banding together in defense of their interests namely to stop Iraq. Maliki is doing what he can to strengthen the Shiites and to open the door for Iran. According to Glick,
[..] the administration abjectly refused to intervene when Maliki stole the elections or to defend US allies in the Iraqi military from Maliki’s pro-Iranian purge of the general officer corps. And by refusing to side with US allies, the Obama administration has effectively sided with America’s foes, enabling Iranian-allied forces to take over the US built, -trained and -armed security apparatuses in Iraq.
Thus what must be done is to create an opposition to this in Iraq by uniting and supporting the Sunnis and the Kurds to stop Maliki and Iran. Saudi Arabia and Israel would be the natural patrons of the Sunnis and Kurds, respectively. Similarly this same cooperation must extend to Syria which has a large population of Kurds and Sunnis.