Bottom line; nothing new.
The larger part of the new American Strategy was not "broadcast" to American audiences. I was aimed at Middle Eastern Audiences, the ones that count.
One thing is for sure; someone opened up a whole can of Whoopass. But who's Serving?
Confirming a “last call” for a deal has been issued, the change of Saudi ambassadors confirms that the house of Saud is encouraging the Americans to take a tougher attitude towards
Far from “retiring” General Abizaid, the
Talabani had already cautioned that;
“If Iran allows itself to interfere in Karbala because it is a Shiite city and
On the long run, the Persians will end up “all hat, no cattle”.
Is it a declaration of intentions? The Israelis are making more noises about Al-Qaeda infiltration and Hezbollah rearmament. Since they have prepared the terrain for Round 2, I wonder how they will react when they find out that their two captured soldiers may actually be dead.
In case the Americans really mean business, we’re in for trouble. I do not trust the good intentions of our “new friends”. In spite of its Lebanese allies’ narrowing maneuvering room, Syria is unlikely to learn or adapt to the new environment, and will continue stoking the fires of Iraq and Lebanon, with long lasting consequences…
Bashar still looks at Hafez for inspiration... But the looming Sunni-Shiite war is a new parameter.
Let the Race Begin
This is all happening in the background of an early start to the 2008 presidential race in the United Sates. All the positions, counter-positions, political posturing… should be viewed with this in mind.
On one hand, Democrats have a point when they clamour that this is nothing new. But their political blustering and call for talk, redeployment, and a lame international conference, the Democrats have offered nothing new either, and their "solutions" will do little to solve the problem, quite the contrary.
On the other hand, with a lame duck president now obsessed with his legacy, such as it is, there is little they can do but more hearings, or potentially cut the funds. But they will soon realize that many of those 100,000 “contractors” in
In any case, all those hearings are really aimed at potential republican successors such as John McCain. Furthermore, while this public squabbling may be music to the ears of Syrians and