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Three US Administrations later.....

Nothing changes.....   This piece, "Remaking the Middle East: How the US Grew Tired and Less Irrelevant" from CommonDreams  shows out that each of the last 3 American Administrations, have, in reality, not been all that different one from the other.   What is also evident is that the US has become increasingly "irrelevant" in the Middle East despite having poured untold millions of dollars and manpower into the region. 

"If one is to fairly examine US foreign policies in the Middle East, for example, comparing the conduct of the last three administrations, that of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, one would find that striking similarities are abundant. In principle, all three administrations’ foreign policy agendas were predicated on strong militaries and military interventions, although they applied soft power differently. 

In essence, Obama carried on with much of what W. Bush had started in the Middle East, although he supplanted his country’s less active role in Iraq with new interventions in Libya and Syria. In fact, his Iraq policies were guided by Bush’s final act in that shattered country, where he ordered a surge in troops to pacify the resistance, thus paving the way for an eventual withdrawal. Of course, none of that plotting worked in their favor, with the rise of ISIS among others, but that is for another discussion. 

Obama has even gone a step further when he recently decided to keep thousands of US troops in Afghanistan well into 2017, thus breaking US commitment to withdraw next year. 2017 is Obama’s last year in office, and the decision is partly motivated by his administration’s concern that future turmoil in that country could cost his Democratic Party heavily in the upcoming presidential elections. 

In other words, US foreign policy continues unabated, often guided by the preponderant norm that ‘might makes right’, and by ill-advised personal ambitions and ideological illusions like those championed by neo-conservatives during W. Bush’s era." 

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