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  •  Read the last Sy Hersh article in the New Yorker (3+ / 0-)

    and check out his most recent video with Amy Goodman(either on Democracy Now or on Google Video/Youtube).

    Our policy in the middle east is extremely complicated, and horribly inconsistent. That we are starting to see violence flooding out into neighhboring states is a tremor warmomg of some more ominous tectonics at work, I fear.

    To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

    Hersh then points out the obvious:

    One contradictory aspect of the new strategy is that, in Iraq, most of the insurgent violence directed at the American military has come from Sunni forces, and not from Shiites

    Not sure this is a bad idea yet?

    While Rice has been deeply involved in shaping the public policy, former and current officials said that the clandestine side has been guided by Cheney.

    In case you were thinking that getting our hands dirty with radical Islamists might not be the best idea, don't worry. Bandar say's it's all good:

    This time, the U.S. government consultant told me, Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that "they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran."

    I could go on, but it's worth the read.

    In Iraq in particular, 'Insurgent' seems to refer to a native Iraqi Sunni, as opposed to 'Al Qaeda', which is used synonymously with 'foreign fighter' as far as I can tell. So if the US is arming insurgents, it may not be a bad thing. In Al Anbar province in particular, which is a large Sunni province, the foreign fighters have been more violent and vicious than even they, the Saddamists, are comfortable with. In terms of establishing trust, helping the insurgency at this point isn't likely to do much harm, but could help to establish trust.  


    •  And the mighty Sauds think (0+ / 0-)

      they will come out on top of this. When we are done taking over the Middle East we will go after them. They don't even see it coming.

      "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

      by Owllwoman on Sat Jun 09, 2007 at 04:23:19 AM PDT

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