Daniel Larison of The American Conservative, who is one of my favorite writers on foreign policy, nails the failed War on Yemen while reviewing Chris Christie’s jumbled mess of a speech: The devastation of Yemen is what can happen when the U.S. foolishly sides with its clients in a conflict in which it shouldn’t beRead more about Chris Christie Needs to STFU[…]
In an Economist.com article on a scheduled summit between American and the six members of the Gulf Co-operation Council on May 13th and 14th, this blurb caught my eye:
And he [President Obama] cannot meet all the Gulf requests for advanced weaponry, because congressional legislation requires that Israel must maintain a “qualitative military edge” over its neighbours. [Emphasis mine]
That the USA and Israel have a special relationship is no surprise. Israel has been the only consistently functioning democracy in a region of states replete with strife and governmental incompetence.
It also makes some type of sense that the USA would want to ensure that its favored state in the region should have the ability to defend itself. But I find no compelling interest in the USA hamstringing itself because of a requirement that Israel continue to be able to kick its Arab neighbors’ collective arse. Read more about The USA doesn’t owe its damned allegiance to Israel or Saudi Arabia …
… or why I’m not angry at anyone Day after day, I have read articles, editorials and letters to the editor concerning the new rounds of violence in Gaza. One side decries Israel’s actions, another side defends them. One side condemns Hamas, another side excuses them. Blame Hamas, Fatah or even Hezbollah. Blame Likud, KadimaRead more about An Eye for an Eye for an Eye…[…]