America’s Cycles of Change

Gathering Storm

The dragons’ teeth that benighted US policies have sowed in Iraq continue to sprout new nightmares for policymakers in Washington as well as across the entire region.

While shaky and uncertain Iraqi ground forces slowly move forward behind repeated US air strikes and artillery bombardments against ISIL, the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, their political masters brawled and threw water bottles at each other in the Iraqi parliament on Wednesday.

Trans-Atlantic relations have been embarrassed by US President Barack Obama’s petulant comments to The Atlantic magazine published on March 10 that British Prime Minister David Cameron and then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy failed to recognize the responsible role they needed to play in rebuilding Libya after toppling its longtime ruler Muammar Qadhafi with their air campaign in support of rebel forces in 2011. Obama’s comments were in fact perfectly true. But he neglected to note he had even more responsibility for the anarchic chaos that Libya has suffered since.

Arab leaders concerned about the growing domestic and international drug trades threatening their countries should read very carefully the pattern of individual country reports in the US government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2016.

Now Americans and Europeans are belatedly waking up to the fact that dragons’ teeth they sowed in Iraq, Afghani­stan and Syria are creating new monsters in of Libya.

Review of Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture ~~ by Michael Savage

Perhaps it was the high altitudes and the crisp, clear, invigorating Swiss mountain air that went to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s head and loosened his tongue at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21. In any case, Kerry delivered appallingly frank comments to cable CNBC television news and to his travelling […]

There was nothing for Arabs to celebrate in Obama’s speech and much for them to be alarmed about.

Many in the Arab world have come to think Obama is more committed to preserving his legacy in history than in acting as an honest broker in Middle East disputes.

This year now ending has been a Reversals of Fortune one for Syria: No ups and downs for its poor, suffering people – It has been a downer for them all the way. But for the different armies, religious movements, political factions and the major powers moving them like chips on a poker table, it was a year of endless ups and downs.