Hillary is blaming Russia for everything that is going wrong with her feeble campaign. Russia replies with a stern warning for America and the world.
Tackling the Middle East after the Election
Middle East Forum
by Clifford Smith
November 4, 2016
The next U.S. president will have a difficult job in the Middle East. The Obama administration’s failure to appreciate the long-term consequences of its actions (and inactions) have allowed forces unfriendly to the United States to make unprecedented strategic, political, and even territorial gains.
The Obama administration’s recently reaffirmed strategy toward ISIS has required Iraq’s security forces to spend two years gradually getting the upperhand over an enemy they outnumber well over 10 to 1.
Unfriendly forces have made major strategic, political, and territorial gains in the Middle East.
Erdogan’s Turkey is busy establishing itself as an Islamist force, oppressing its Kurdish minority, and even threatening to expand into Iraq and other surrounding areas.
The next administration will be forced to redefine our relationship with Turkey. It should work with our European allies to exert maximum pressure on Erdogan to change course. If he won’t, we must disentangle ourselves from Turkey, including working to end its NATO membership.
Iran is arguably the gravest immediate and long-term threat to American security in the region. The Iran deal is not working to moderate the regime or end the threat posed by the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, and the price keeps getting higher. The costs now include ransom payments, allowing Iran access to ballistic missiles, and increased Iranian terror financing.
But this will not be enough — the next president must prioritize the rollback of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as its aggressive bid for regional hegemony, for which Syria, Iraq, and Yemen are paying a devastating daily toll.
No individual policy decision, or series of decisions, will fix these problems. As former Secretary of State Dean Acheson said, “At the top there are no easy choices. All are between evils, the consequences of which are hard to judge.”
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So if Trump becomes President, his plate will be full on all fronts. If Hillary takes the electoral votes, we have to immediately be ready to defend ourselves. Pretty clear choice here.