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Can't have it both ways

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Submitted by MadMax84 (Canada), May 20, 2015 at 11:20

US foreign policy in the Middle East has been consistent over the years by supporting military dictators and continuing to work closely with Saudi Arabia who is considered the hegemonic power in the Middle East. When the neoconservatives took over foreign policy under Bush's presidency they changed the entire paradigm by wrongfully and irrationally convincing the American people to go into Iraq. This has destabilized the entire region by allowing rivarlies and ethnic tensions to flare up once again. Syria, Yemen, Libya have all fallen to tatters and you are blaming Obama for this? I am not defending Obama's decisions nor do I condone his policy, but the democratization of the Middle East project was a neo-conservative intiative that started with Iraq and as a result it has left the region in shambles.

Perhaps this was the real policy after all, destabilize the region, let societies be engaged with their own sectrtian tensions, this way the focus shifts away from Israel while creating new markets for arms deals and weapons.

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