Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | January 12, 2014

Fleeing the Gulf, aligning with Hezbollah and Iran

TOC Nation:  for those of you who haven’t checked it out yet, the website Liberty Unyielding, which has recently affiliated with Liberty Alliance, underwent a major format upgrade on Friday, 10 January 2014.  One of the added features, dear to the hearts of the founders of LU (bloggers Howard Portnoy, Libby Sternberg, and myself, whom many of you know from our days at Hot Air), is a new one called “Quick Takes.”  These are shorter pieces in which we can draw connections and offer brief analytical takes without doing extended treatments.  For the time being, I plan to post excerpts to TOC from my Quick Takes at LU, with links to the original if you want to read the whole thing.  But there will be a post here for each one so TOC readers can comment here if you like.  Enjoy!

You thought Jimmy Carter was bad?  Carter at least continued decades-old American policies – if on a sort of “less of same” basis, compared to his predecessors.  Whatever America’s policies had been, Carter would shave them off on the margins.  When the Soviet Union, say, invaded Afghanistan, Carter wouldn’t do anything stupid, or paranoid.  He’d boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics.  Stuff like that.

Obama, by contrast, is just abandoning American policies.  That, at least, is the perception of our alarmed allies in the Middle East.  The allies have reason to be concerned.

Consider three treatments from the last three days.  First, a 6 January piece by Thomas Erdbrink in the New York Times, bellwether media organ of the Obama administration:

U.S. and Iran Face Common Enemies in Mideast Strife

See the rest On the QT…


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