Trudy Rubin’s Sunday column suggests Turkey has no appetite in cooperating with the U.S. to oppose the Islamic State in Syria. Her remedy is for President Barack Obama to show leadership and get Turkey on board to help defeat ISIS — i.e., Secretary of State John Kerry has recently been twiddling his thumbs.
Rubin does not indicate why Turkey is sitting on the sidelines in the battle against ISIS. Could it be that Turkey cut a deal with ISIS when they released 45 Turks?
Or could it be Turkey would like to see Syria’s Bashar Assad deposed, and is hoping the Islamic State will overthrow him?
Elsewhere in the Middle East Shiite Iran, a staunch longtime backer of the Shiite Iraq government in Baghdad would like to see Assad remain in power.
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Bottom-line: Since the 1990 Iraq War, the Middle East has been a military and political sinkhole for the U.S. — a waste of lives and treasure. The U.S. cannot solve the centuries-long ethnic and religious differences in the region.
It is time for the U.S. to stop trying to be the world police. In the Middle East, this means letting the Sunnis, Shiites, ISIS, Kurds, Turks, Saudis, Iranians, etc. fight out their differences by themselves. After all, we don’t need Middle East oil anymore.
Going forward the U.S. should have two main objectives: national security and growing the economy.
Pine Grove Mills