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Middle East Ready to Explode Due to Reckless, Mindless U.S. Foreign Policy

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The Middle East could erupt in flames at any given time due to escalating hostilities between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries. This turmoil can be directly attributed to the use of the age old Roman imperial strategy of "divide and conquer", i.e., winning by getting one's opponents to fight against each other.

So when we look for the reasons for this massive Middle East turbulence we need look no further than the reckless, mindless foreign policy actions of the Bush/Cheney administration that devastated and totally destabilized the nation of Iraq beginning in 2003.

Talk about critically important events in history. Just think if these war hawks had not been elected in 2001 there would have been no attack, invasion and occupation of Iraq and the world would not be witnessing the current extremely volatile situation that could set the Middle East on fire.

Right now Iraq and Syria are like time bombs about to go off, just waiting for a spark to ignite them. This strategy of divide and conquer designed by Bush/Cheney is not working in the way it was intended and is, in fact, backfiring to the point that we are watching any number of dangerous confrontations between these two main opposing factions, the Shias and the Sunnis, take place in many countries within the Middle East, with Iraq being the potential ignition point for a widespread regional war.

Bush/Cheney launched the crazed War on Terror, which included the attack on Iraq, when Al-Qaeda was a relatively small group of Islamist radicals but which now has steadily grown in numbers and become active in an increasing number of countries. What we now have is the emergence of the Sunni ISIS, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria", supposedly an offshoot of Al-Qaeda but with an agenda of its own, primarily operating in Syria and Iraq.

While the Middle East has been a simmering cauldron over a long period of time, with the U.S. and its Western allies stirring the pot, what's happening now is becoming more than alarming as so many Middle Eastern countries have become involved. Syria, as we know, is in the midst of a horrific civil war with the Shia-connected government fighting against the ISIS and various other elements of Sunni jihadists.

Here's how this turmoil could be exacerbated to the point that it sets the Middle East ablaze. It's no secret that Iran, a largely Shiite nation, has been very active in Iraq and in aiding that country's Shiite-controlled government; in fact, Iran recently sent a contingent of its Revolutionary Guards Quds into that country and it has also deployed troops on its borders with Iraq.

In addition, Turkey, with largely a Sunni population, is threatening to intervene in Iraq, accusing its Prime Minister Maliki of promoting sectarian violence against the Sunni minority in Iraq. And then there are reports that Saudi Arabia, predominately Sunni and the close ally of the U.S., has been secretly financing ISIS various operations.

In this massive confrontation, we have the Shiites on one side, most of which are dominant in Iraq, Iran, India and Pakistan (the latter two nations possess nuclear arsenals) while on the opposition side there are the Sunni countries of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. Talk about a potential Middle East eruption; just think of how easily that might come about if conditions continue to rage out of control and trigger an even larger confrontation across the entire region.

President Obama and his advisers are, quite visibly, agonizing about what to do about this situation; while it's true that this grave situation was inherited from the actions of the Bush administration, the Obama administration has done little to nothing to deal with this escalating condition and has even worsened it by a weak, empty foreign policy. Now after a decade of the U.S. military training Iraqi defense forces and the expenditure of billions of dollars, Mr. Obama is sending 300 military advisers to that country. What exactly are they going to do different this time?

Then we have the bloodthirsty neoncon war hawks that have, once again, crawled out of the woodwork and want the U.S. to immediately send troops and start bombing Iraq all over again. These crazies need to be committed to the nearest mental institution as soon as possible. In fact if there were true justice in this country and in the world many of these officials from that former Bush administration, those who played a direct role in the attack on Iraq, would be sitting in the Hague, the International Criminal Court, awaiting trial as we speak.

For those who want to get more information and facts about this entire situation here are a few links that cover it in a lot more detail. In this article I have used these and various other sources to obtain key information in order to support its main premise:

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How all of this Middle East turmoil is going to e... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53:44 AM
It's time for this country to show real leadership... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:18:47 PM
Daniel: I know that this is such a very complex... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:57:48 PM
Michael, We should of course have been working for... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:02:38 PM
Daniel; All of these things that you and I and oth... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 3:37:47 PM
'Tis sadly true, but not completely. Which is one ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 4:34:26 PM
The problem isn't knowing what is needed, it is ge... by Hosea McAdoo on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 6:25:10 PM
The main way to do it legally, imo, is to "unplug"... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 7:44:05 PM
I agree but how do you get the masses to follow? T... by Hosea McAdoo on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:25:12 PM
To answer your lead question: I of course don't kn... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 11:52:00 PM
Neocons? Where have I heard that word before? Have... by jtenn on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:38:11 PM
I bring the neocons up to clearly show how they ar... by michael payne on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 3:25:10 PM
What really needs to be done is to push for electi... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 8:38:34 AM
To add: just because it's hard, or never been does... by jtenn on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:47:08 PM
Obama "agonizing?" You must be joking.This is the ... by Joe Giambrone on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 3:50:44 PM
Good points. Divide and rule is an old Balkanizat... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 5:10:21 PM
In case you missed it, the first paragraph of the ... by michael payne on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 7:06:27 PM
Joe: I don't take offense to your somewhat cau... by michael payne on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 5:54:08 PM
"And with that in mind, the real question is: does... by John Rachel on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 4:18:26 AM
Or does Congress have the ethical and moral capaci... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 8:07:05 AM
C'mon John; how about getting into the premise of ... by michael payne on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 10:39:19 AM
A lot of this can be tracked right back to israhel... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 8:54:58 AM