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Foreign Policy in Disarray for Obvious Reasons

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jul 6, 2021 at 21:44

America's participation in the Middle East has been a hard lesson to learn, from America's founding and presidents like Thomas Jefferson learning early that the Arab influences of Sunni Islam through the Persian influences are not Occidental in their thought processes and attempting to interpret how to preserve the peace is not a topic that can be meddled with in either naivete nor military optioning without determining the cost that is exorbitant or worth the ultimate humiliation such as the Soviets experienced in the 1980's. Studying the hostilities between then enemies Iraq and Iran would be a good place to understand that if one does not understand, then no amount of 'Western' ideologies and midnight interventions will prepare any nation, Muslim, or otherwise, for the hard lesson of not meddling where one is not wanted. And yet, since the loss of the Ottoman empire, this doctorate level lesson is still being taught to religious philosophical plebiscites who have no clue how to intersect these issues to find that point of reckoning and not be burned out in the process. The answer is simple; the process complex-the lesson is not to engage unless one (or the many) are prepared for the long haul; and to date, except Israel, none are ready. The American 46th Administration did not take any of the prerequisite reasons for not engaging in the latest mess; neither did they learn from their predecessors.
America is being set up for a hard form of the lesson and the Administration is setting up America for a hard fall. And it will not be stopped until the right reasoning is learned; hopefully it is learned soon.

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