Will There Be A Positive Aftermath?

(Yep I have returned to my first love….foreign policy and international situations….let the fun begin)

Like all wars this one in the Middle East will come to pass…that is if the world wants it to end.

There have been a few reports issued about what could be done after the hostilities….the first was issued by the Atlantic Council, now I am not a big fan of this group for they are a neo-liberal think tank that has a agenda and that agenda is not always diplomacy….but they did do some research and issue a report…..

On November 30, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center launched the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) co-chairs’ final report with an event featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. The discussion was moderated by Ayman Mohyeldin of MSNBC and NBC with opening remarks by Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe.

Kempe opened the event by discussing the deliberate process the Task Force underwent to hear from voices in the region. He then explained that the co-chairs’ report presents a unique approach that will lead to a better understanding of the Middle East and to a more hopeful future. He added that the MEST report has not focused solely on defining an American strategy for the region but rather a strategy for the region itself.

Source: A New Approach for the Middle East | 11.30.2016 – MEST

But in case you are too lazy to do the leg work here is the full report…..Read the Full Report

Another neo-liberal bunch has weighed in on the Middle East……Council on Foreign Affairs…….

When the Arab Spring began in 2011, supporters of democracy in the Middle East had widespread hopes that the region might turn a corner and move from autocracy to democracy. Those hopes have been realized reasonably well in Tunisia, which has seen free elections and the peaceful alternation of power between political parties. But many other Arab countries have cracked down on dissent and political speech.

The United States should nevertheless support those seeking peaceful change toward more open and democratic political systems. The Arab uprisings of 2011–2012 suggest that the public desire for change is widespread, and democratic political systems provide paths for peaceful change that can accommodate many different social and economic views through compromise.

Source: How to Support Democracy in the Arab World | World Affairs Journal

Contrary to the naysayers the Middle East does have a future….but it will depend on whether the world promotes peace or conflict……

As it stands today I will say the later.


13 thoughts on “Will There Be A Positive Aftermath?

  1. As long as there is money to made from conflict, peace will never have a chance. So many Americans have no clue what is going on in the Middle East and I would be that a large group of them don’t even know what countries actually make up the Middle East. It’s been in our news off and on for decades demonstrating that conflict rules are in full effect. Peace is a pipe dream until the money stops or public opinion against conflict becomes too big to ignore.

  2. w1nt31 echoes my own thoughts on the matter in his first line; it’s a definite enough assertion to stand alone as truth…

    I’ll add this: any report, or group, that uses the word ‘should’ in their statements, immediately raises my hackles, to acknowledge the strident scream of my crap detector going off… ‘Should’ is a word that tells you the speaker speaks only for themselves, and wants to relate how THEY think things need to go. To attempt to apply it to a subject like foreign policy is the height of arrogance, and demonstrates that pesky sense of entitlement suffered by all those who insist on possessing the only right viewpoint. “The United States should…” is how one group begins it’s statement of finding, which tells me to take all of what they say with a huge dose of salt… and then throw it out as useless. The other group probably used the same word, somewhere in their report; it’s an occupational hazard when humans engage in “planning”….

    Idiots, all of ’em.. besides being overbearing busybodies, sticking their noses into anyone else’s business, just to soothe their own fears of inadequacy…

    gigoid, the dubious

    1. Found the aphorism that prompted the above; it’s one of Lazarus Long’s pieces of witty wisdom…

      “The phrase “we (I) (you) simply must–” designates something that need not be done. “That goes without saying” is a red warning. “Of course” means you had best check it yourself. These small-change cliches and others like them, when read correctly, are reliable channel markers.” — Lazarus Long

      Substitute “The United States should” for “we (I) (you) must” & you’ll get the picture…


      1. Details of Byzantine complexity, all of which fits my own understanding of history since about, oh, the 1600’s, when technology actually began to help people live longer, but, sadly, not smarter….

        Religion, Voltaire noted, began when the first scoundrel met the first fool… Business learned how to jump that train soon after, and history has repeated the process endlessly since then…

        I reiterate; homo suicidus… no species can survive by preying upon itself…


  3. I trust you all have got the time to catch up on a different sort of history?
    as we over the pond are still comatosed…..
    Evening chuq….any more red flags coming?

  4. No matter who says what … no matter who suggests what …. no matter who does what or does not do what … American Foreign relations are never going to get any better than they are right now until the profit factor is removed from exercising them. And I do not see that happening for a long, long time. As long as there is a price tag on flesh, blood and struggle there is going to be a waste of all three in the name of Foreign Relations.

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