Israel, the new ME Superpower

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Prelude: Two months ago, I wrote a piece on the new alignment taking place in the Middle East, by which Israel was taking a major role, aligning itself with past enemies to combat a new major threat. It was based largely on speculation, as the Late Great United States MEDIA, was busy trying to destroy the Trump Administration, and the Nation that elected him.

But recent events have proven my speculation to be correct, and now I must take the role of Citizen Journalist. The CNN (Create Notorious Non sequitur, ABC (Always Bullshit Creator), and NBC(Nothing But Crap) comedy networks are too busy proving that Boris Badinoff, and his Lawyer Natashia, met with Rocky Trump jr, while Bullwinkle Trump was busy beating up on Mama Hillary.


The intrepid Fourth Estate, that has been infested with idiots, continues to look for Russians in every White House closet, and under Trump's bed. The world keeps on turning. They see the last remaining Superpower as a circular firing squad. While the USA destroys itself, The ME, especially Israel, cannot depend on Trump to survive and protect them. In case of a second American Revolution, the left and right hands, both slapping trump in the face. When Trump did the Middle East, he did his sword dance all alone.



But the ME leaders did use it as an excuse to redraw the boundaries that Europe imposed after the Ottoman Empire was defeated.

North African and Middle Eastern Politicians and leaders never speak directly to an issue. This is evidenced in the Koran and Hadith.What we are seeing is a re alignment of interests. This re alignment was in danger of being exposed by Al Jazeera, under the direction of Qatar.

 

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-backs-saudi-arabia-confrontation-qatar

 

Israel backs Saudi Arabia in confrontation with Qatar

Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a growing confrontation with Qatar, the most public acknowledgment yet of the deepening alliance between certain Gulf states and Tel Aviv over their common enmity towards Iran.

 

Israel, Saudi Arabia are reportedly negotiating economic ties - Haaretz

www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.796215

Jun 17, 2017 ... Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran's staunchest ... The report suggested that the prospect of relations with Israel may have played a role in Saudi Arabia and its ... Send me email alerts for new articles by Haaretz.

 

Blockading Qatar, targeting Iran | Israel | Al Jazeera

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/06/blockading-qatar-targeting-iran-170618070407788.html

Jun 20, 2017 ... The Saudi-Israeli alliance is out of the closet. ... Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.


(I have no direct evidence and base my observation on bits and pieces of information contained in other reports of events. But here is my WILD ASS GUESS, for what it is worth.) Turns out my WAG was pretty good as evidenced above.

 

Now for the Nitty Gritty of the new ME, and emerging Super Power; ISRAEL!

 

Alliances by the numbers!


1. Iran, Hezbollah Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Yemen and Shi'a Iraq are forming an alliance that shares Nuclear Weapons soon to be supplied by North Korea.

But Russia saw there was no future in Occupying Syria, as it is now an economic basket case, and their economy can't stand it. Plus, the future belongs to the new Saudi/Israel alliance' So Putin took the first steo in getting out with Trump's help.

 

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/11/exclusive-trump-putin-ceasefire-agreement-focuses-on-iranian-backed-fighters-middle-east/

Secret Details of Trump-Putin Syria Cease-fire Focus on Iranian Proxies

But experts doubt whether the U.S.-Russian pact can be enforced.

A confidential U.S.-Russian cease-fire agreement for southwestern Syria that went into effect Sunday calls for barring Iranian-backed foreign fighters from a strategic stretch of Syrian territory near the borders of Israel and Jordan, according to three diplomatic sources.

President Donald Trump hailed it as an important agreement that would serve to save lives. But few details of the accord have been made public.

U.S. Defense Department officials — who would have responsibility for monitoring the agreement — appeared to be in the dark about the pact’s fine print.

The pact is aimed at addressing demands by Israel and Jordan — the latter is a party to the agreement — that Iranian forces and their proxies, including Hezbollah, not be permitted near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which separates Syria from Israel, or along the Jordanian border.



2. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kurdistan Iraq, USA, and Israel. are forming a counter Alliance with Israeli Nuclear weapons.
This alliance is well under way, and is gradually becoming public, as noted below. The Arab on the street will find this hard to accept after several generations of “Israel must not exist.”
More speculation on my part: Israel will turn over the Gaza Strip to Egypt, and the west bank Arab holdings to Jordan with a safety guarantee for Israeli settlements. That is how it was before the 67 war.
http://www.reuters.com/article/israel-transportation-jordan-idUSL5N1HD3CX

JERUSALEM, April 5 (Reuters) - Israel's transport minister proposed on Wednesday linking its freight railway network with Jordan and Saudi Arabia and said he presented the idea to U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy last month.

Under the proposal, goods could travel by rail from Israel's Mediterranean port of Haifa through Jordan to Saudi Arabia's Gulf port of Dammam via Jordan.

 

Egypt informed Israel in advance of plan to hand over Red Sea ...

www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.713870

Apr 11, 2016 ... Saudi Arabia draws Egypt closer with new bridge linking Sinai to Arabia ... Gulf of Aqaba and the ports of Eilat and Aqaba in Israel and Jordan, respectively. ... Israel's 1979 treaty with Egypt guarantees Israel full maritime passage ... Saudi Arabia has also promised not to use the islands for military purposes, ...



 

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-19/israel-develops-new-ties-saudi-arabia-and-other-gulf-states

Israel develops new ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states

 

Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations. And yet, recently, Saudi officials have been willing to meet Israeli officials publicly. General Yakov Amidror, a former senior advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Feisal might have seemed an odd pair when they met publicly at the Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. last year.

According to Amidror, al-Feisal said once Israel reaches an agreement with the Palestinians, “together we can change the Middle East.” He added, “There is nothing that can stop the combination of Israeli money and the Saudi mind.” 

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States share common goals with Israel, one of which is developing new energy, water, and agricultural technology. In 2015, Israel opened its first diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, and there are extensive business ties between Israel and Gulf countries valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Israel and the Gulf States also share common enemies: ISIS and Iran. According to Dan Diker, head of the project for counter-political warfare at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the threat of a nuclear Iran and the Islamic Republic’s terror proxies around the Middle East are particularly worrisome for the Gulf States.

“That convergence of concern between Israel, the Sunni Arab states and President [Donald] Trump’s administration creates the possibility for real coordination and cooperation between Israel and the Arab world.” These geopolitical circumstances, Diker says, “make Israeli outreach and Arab acceptance much more possible than it was before.” 



3. Turkey saw an opportunity to reignite the Ottoman Empire, by aligning with Qatar, Pakistan, Sudan and Oman and a new Palestinian state if one is established. This alliance will bring Pakistani Nuclear weapons to their side.This alliance will bring Pakistani Nuclear weapons to their side.

The rest of the unaligned states such as Libya will go to the winner.

The goal of all sides is a Nuclear Middle east, with Iran, Syria and Lebanon supplied by North Korea.
­After rushing to Qatar's aid, Turkey may have to rethink its Mideast ties

Author: Fehim TastekinPosted June 8, 2017

The only firm opposition to the "Let's Teach Qatar a Lesson" operation currently underway in the Middle East is coming from Turkey. Even US President Donald Trump initially loudly applauded the campaign led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — though he has since taken a more conciliatory tone.

SummaryPrint Ankara, fearing it could be next on the Arab hit list, hastily approves sending troops to Qatar despite Turkey's poor history when intervening in Arab affairs.

Author Fehim TastekinPosted June 8, 2017

TranslatorTimur Göksel

The Turkish government, which had drafted a plan some time ago to send troops to Qatar to firm up a Sunni front against Iran, fast-tracked legislation needed to send troops abroad.

Turkish-Arab relations are passing through erratic times. Everyone was wondering what position Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would take in the Qatari crisis. Erdogan had won the hearts and minds of the Gulf emirs and kings earlier this year by declaring the need to "prevent the Persian nationalist expansion." Many observers thought he would take a pragmatic approach to avoid losing favor with many other countries just to please Qatar. Erdogan’s widely publicized but futile telephone diplomacy to solve the crisis was interpreted as a desperate attempt to avoid having to choose between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and its allies. But at the end of the day, Ankara decided to interpret the actions against Qatar as if they had been taken against Turkey.

Erdogan said there are other motives behind what is being done to Qatar, but he wasn't specific.

It didn‘t take Ankara long to reach the conclusion that, after Qatar, Turkey is the likely next target. After all, just like Qatar, Turkey had become a staunch guardian of the Muslim Brotherhood and was in full harmony with Qatar in the proxy war raging in Syria. All the reasons cited by the Saudi king and the US president to declare Qatar a "supporter of terror" could easily be applied to Turkey. Full support of the sanctions against Qatar from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who had toppled the Muslim Brotherhood in his country, no doubt played a key role in Erdogan's lining up with Qatar.



Read more:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/turkey-qatar-why-ankara-sending-soldiers-to-doha.html#ixzz4n3aty0XD

 

 

Turkey and Qatar's Burgeoning Strategic Alliance | Middle East ...

www.mei.edu/content/article/turkey-and-qatar-s-burgeoning-strategic-alliance

Jun 8, 2016 ... Amid major setbacks and failed strategies in the volatile Middle East, the Turkish leadership has subsequently come to see Qatar as Ankara's …



Pakistani Military Engagement: Walking a Fine Line Between Saudi ...

intpolicydigest.org/2017/03/17/pakistani-military-engagement-walking-a-fine-line-between-saudi-arabia-and-iran

Mar 17, 2017 ... Qatar is discussing with Turkey and Pakistan joint production of new ... his Saudi counterparts that he would seek to involve Iran in the alliance.



That is why TRUMP did not mouth the NATO pledge that an attack on one is an attack on all. TURKEY is a member of NATO, and if my analysis is correct, USA may end up fighting Turkey, a NATO member. Possibly giving support to the Israeli/Saudi alliance!


The Muslim world doesn't like the new Alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia!
With Qatar's money, Erdogan can wage the war against Israel he promised. Now that he has purged all the moderate opposition with his fake Coup attempt, he is free to align with Pakistan.


A Kurdistan rich in Iraq oil, and a seasoned army trained in Syria, traps Turkey on 3 fronts, Syria, Israel and Kurdistan. A Protector of the Palestinians, he see's them losing the two state option. That is a desperate situation for Turkey.

arget="_blank">The looming end to the Western-Turkish alliance | Pakistan Today
www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/04/07/the-looming-end-to-the-western-turkish-alliance
Apr 7, 2017

The growing tension between Turkey and its Western allies, which was further heightened during the Obama administration, is narrowing the space for cooperation between the two sides and in fact is progressively worsening. Erdogan’s hope that he and President Trump would improve their ties as members of NATO has dramatically diminished. Washington and the EU still deeply disagree with Ankara on a host of issues, which are unlikely to be resolved on a mutually gainful basis any time in the foreseeable future.
Turkey’s growing retreat from Western values may have already reached a point of no return. Erdogan has removed Turkey from the Western orbit and set the alliance on a collision course. The falling-out is attributed to the following troubling developments over the past several years.

The whole Muslim world is involved in terrorism. Not the masses, but the governments. Trumps call for war on terrorism means they have to give it up as a clandestine means of attacking infidels.

While the media is searching the White hose closets and looking under Trumps bed for Russians, the world is changing and the pathetic US media has no time to report it!

Qatar, their neighbor and the home of the region’s largest American military base.

And the UAE, Saudi Arabia and company seem to have taken a major gamble based on the assumption that Trump would be on board and mostly lost ― even if they are able to secure concessions from Qatar on its relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Iran, civil society activists and other forces around the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Youssef al-Qaradawi, who is based in Doha, and individuals in Libya as well as Shia groups in Bahrain seen by the new alignment governments as linked to Iran. Egypt especially see's Qatar as backing opposition to their governments.

Trump Accuses Qatar of funding Terrorism

US President Donald Trump accuses Qatar of funding terrorism at "very high level" when speaking at the White House on Friday, where he was holding a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/qatar-diplomatic-crisis-latest-updates-170605105550769.html

Trump and Saudi King Salman sign a “strategic vision” agreement to intensify ties in defence, economics and other areas.

In a speech in Riyadh on May 21, Trump urges the international community to isolate Iran and calls on Arab and Muslim states to freeze channels of funding for groups including the Sunni Muslim Islamic State jihadists and Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the latest developments involving Qatar could herald a broad anti-terror alliance including Israel.

The fact you haven't read any of this in the MSM shows the pathetic state American media is in. They are obsessed with destroying Trump, and don't care what is happening in the world!

I hopeI have made it clear that this is the reason for the Diplomatic Boycott of Qatar! Their money and Turkeys army could be the basis for a New Ottoman Empire. But Al Jazeera was ready to do a series on the New Alliance with Israel, and that could have sparked revolution in Saudi Arabia.

 

Comments

EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:39am
The total lack of REAL NEWS in America is a disgrace! What used to be the Main Stream Media, are a bunch of fifth columnists bent on destroying the late great United States.
Those of you who know me, will remember that I defended the USA against all criticism, because I believed in the principles it was founded on. That every man had a right to determine his own destiny.
But what now calls itself the Democratic party, is truly a Fascist party, and the never Trump Republicans should have enough integrity to resign, and let special elections select replacements who will work for the good of the party and the nation.
The New Middle East cannot be ignored. This is the next rising star. It only took 3000 years.
Autumn Cote Added Jul 17, 2017 - 8:09am
Please note, the second best way to draw more attention to your work is to comment on the work of others. I know this to be true because if you do, I'll do everything in my power to draw more attention to your articles.
 
PS - There is a lot I can do and would like to do on your behalf.
Dino Manalis Added Jul 17, 2017 - 11:07am
All Arab countries should recognize Israel to hasten Palestinian independence and sanction specific individuals; businesses; and organizations that fund terrorism, while officially maintain diplomatic ties with each other.  Stop picking on Qatar!  There are plenty of terror sympathizers and financers throughout the Middle East!
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 11:19am
Wrong Dino! The time for a two state solution in Palestine is OVER!
Egypt will take back Gaza and Jordan the West Bank, in an agreement with Israel and a non aggression pact! I explained this in my article, which you did not read, Probably too detailed.
Qatar, are the terror sympathizers and financers in the ME!
If you want understanding, read the article!
Leroy Added Jul 17, 2017 - 11:52am
The prodigal son returns.  Let's kill the fatted calf and celebrate.
 
Insightful article, but Israel will never be allowed to be a ME power.  Europe would intervene.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:18pm
Leroy
 
We Europeans have no say in that. We do what the US/NATO tells us to do. But I think Expat's gepolitical thoughts go into the right direction. At least for me it sounds very plausible.
Leroy Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:24pm
I agree, Stoney, that it is as plausible as any.  I might make some exceptions, but it is well thought out and I appreciate his talents to give us this insight.
 
For Europe, Israel will always be that "shitty little nation."
George N Romey Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:28pm
Since we now have Co President Kushner the US will be right smack dab in the middle of the Middle East shitshow.  Funny the only candidate in 2016 willing to stand up to the Israel lobby, Sanders, was a Jew.
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:35pm
Leroy.
The up and coming ME economic powerhouse, will save EU's ass, as refugee's return home! With the Palestinian question answered by Egypt taking back Gaza, and Jordan administering the West Bank, the anti-Semitic left will be without a cause.
A prosperous ME will rival Europe, but removing the refugee burden they brought on will provide new business opportunities for partnerships. Israel now has over 400,000 foreign workers, mostly in agriculture. Add to that manufacturing, with unlimited energy supply from natural gas, and workers trained in Europe, and an almost untouched market in Central Africa, and you can see the potential.
Easy on the fatted calf, I eat lean tough Australian beef. I passed the age of being a son a long time ago! The girls call me PAPA now!
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:55pm
George.
You are a victim of the fake Media. Israel is no longer submissive to USA, to protect them in the UN like before, and therefore can act in their own self interest, without the worry of violating USA policy towards Arab interests. The UN is so weak now, that their animosity toward Israel, no longer matters.
Yes, they acted to protect their interest, but now they see a friendly Trump, unable to accomplish their interests. Sunni Islam is also more willing to act with Israel to stop Shia/Russian aggression.
Israel's future never looked so good! Who'da thought Nuclear Weapons would save Israel, not destroy it.
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:04pm
P.S. No one can tell Israel where to build settlements anymore!
Tom C. Purcell Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:31pm
I agree with your comments addressed to George, Expat.  I think you are onto a real trail there, especially your comments on the U.N.
 
As far as Israeli settlements, they should only be allowed to relocate Zion to Siberia, and be permanently excluded from global affairs. 
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:53pm
Not gonna happen Tom!
"As far as Israeli settlements, they should only be allowed to relocate Zion to Siberia, and be permanently excluded from global affairs. "
The new Zionism is Atomic and Economic! And a cooperative ME has incredible potential. Especially in Africa.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 2:03pm
And a cooperative ME has incredible potential. Especially in Africa.
 
We see that already. Radial Islam is slowly dropping down from the entire Sahel to Sub-Saharan countries.
 
As long as Western allies such as Saudi and others finance and support that it won't stop. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 2:06pm
https://youtu.be/EhpRlkrMWy8
 
About moderate Islam...
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 2:08pm
https://youtu.be/hZZMXV_PRXk
 
And here you have the truth.
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 6:51pm
Stone.
Islam must reform, to survive in a modern world. There are millions of towns and villages where devotion and subsistence agriculture are the only things that matter, and that is where Islam is strongest. But the war on terror is starting to take effect! Most families have lost a member or property to extremism. University Graduates want to take part in the world, and Rulers see a good chance they will lose part or all the rule.
Even poor farmers  have a smart phone, and see the opulence of the West, and want some for himself and his children.
Israel is taking advantage of this, and offering a way to prosper.
Golda Meier once said that "Israel will have peace, when the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews."
Well, that time has come!
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 7:04pm
Comment from another post.
Putin saw an opportunity for a foothold in The Middle East. After losing in Afghanistan, this was a chance to recover from the 9 year debacle and humiliation.
A weak feckless Obama, and depleted USA would not/could not oppose him. After walking into Crimea, he knew it was easy.This was a show that Russia was back as a Superpower(Not Really!).
But along came Trump, and everything changed. ISRAEL saw former enemies, with depleted oil revenues, frightened of an Iran/Russia, Hezbollah,  takeover on their border, and offer a Nuclear umbrella.  A Left/Progressive assault on USA POTUS meant they could act without constraint.
So Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Jordan formed an alliance.
Russia sees another long term involvement with a basket case ME country, they cannot afford. Trump is letting Putin out gracefully, with first the cease fire, and then an agreed pullout by both sides.
Yes, both Israel and USA act with impunity in Syria, knowing Russia fears escalation, and wants out!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:15am
Expat
 
Islam must reform, to survive in a modern world
 
Agree fully. African Islam could be a way. There one can say Islam is REALLY moderate. Yet.....
John G Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:51am
There is nothing incompatible about islam and the modern world.
Neanderthals like expat have no understanding of the world.
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:15am
Not all media has failed to report on Turkey since I just watched an hour long special on it last week and this is a threat since they were never allowed into the EU and their conditions have improved under Erdogan.  The vote for his plan of elimination of the judiciary, making law by decree and eliminating the parliamentary system  was split, and some say it was so close it could have been rigged by Erdogon. The people there are very divided on his referendum (the latest vote) making him essentially a dictator. But the opposition are jailed since tens of thousands of people have been detained since the vote.
The people I saw interviewed had no regard for Western values or intervention, except the opposition who just asked for help in the new vote.
I dont profess to have extensive knowledge on the ME, but I think for the US, it is a problem we have interfered with for far too long for all the wrong reasons.  But we began the mess of things so I suppose we should help clean it up.  There are countries far more qualified, but they arent trying to spread democracy everywhere and make alliances with people who dont want our values.
I heard it put like this.."perpetual war for perpetual peace." Not sure that is true...but its an interesting theory.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 8:17am
Jeanne
 
One of my best friends here is Turk, and we have many Turkish clients here. They all say that the country is in a state of fear. Women who used to wear no head scarf are publicy insulted to wear one by other pedestrians, and most of people are afraid to be denounced whenever they say anything against Erdogan. At least it seems the case in Western Turkey. In the east it's different because it's in the majority Curds which live there.
Tom C. Purcell Added Jul 18, 2017 - 10:19am
The nations of the globe lack order, Stone.  Moral discipline is lacking, spiritual leaders are silenced, honor is absent and courage undermined.  I'm not going to point the finger at the ______ owned media on this one, but it's a factor.  This is where Europeans can make an impact and save the day.  It's what we do, we fix things and improve our environment and the quality of life.  The Germans demonstrated this in their history, namely the Third Reich.  They got shit done. 
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 12:06pm
I think it will be Europe that fixes this, America will not this time. You have a very agenda oriented President who while well intentioned, is not skilled in politics. I would not want his job..but he is dealing with a very complex Congress and international things that go far beyond business.  He has turned over control to even less skilled people that himself, except for his military leaders, which is probably and other error.  While more skilled than him, its not always wise to leave military guys making decisions on the lives of millions.  There needs to be a check on that.
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 5:59pm
Stone.
You are one of the few people on WB, who has seen, and understand that Islam takes many forms. When you were in Senegal, we had an interesting discussion about the Maliki and Sufi branches of Sunni Islam. They are more intellectual than the Shia Twelve or the Mecca Sunni. And like you say, far more moderate.
But I think a better model for Islamic Reform is DUBAI, of the Arab Emirates The home of the Burj Dubai, The Palm, the World, and dozens of other super projects.
I lived and worked there for two years, and witnessed how they balance Islamic practice, European traditions and Hindu culture. As an example Muslim Holydays such as Ramadan are practiced, but the cafeteria in my office building served food cooked by Hindus to Westerners. The windows were papered over, so Muslims could not see. And we were warned not to drink water or smoke in public. Western Hotels, have a back room where Alcohol is served, and the Russian and Chinese Prostitutes hang out.
The Lobby bar serves coffee, tea and cakes only.
But more importantly, they have found a compromise for business! Islamic Banks follow Sharia Law, but they have branches in Free Zones, that do Western Banking, making term loans, charging and paying interest, International Credit Cards, etc. They even had plans for a Mid East Stock Exchange. And we know they want to join Elon Musk in going to MARS!
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:16pm
wsucram15.
I know you like to blame USA for the worlds problems, Global Warming, AIDS and Nuclear Holocaust. But the truth is America's involvement in ME and North Africa, comes after WWII, when it had no choice. The allies had to take over, or cede it to the Soviet Union.
Prior to that EUROPE, divided the land and mineral wealth amongst themselves and drew the boundaries that cause much of the animosity and conflicts today.
Along with the burden of Rebuilding Europe after they almost destroyed themselves, USA also had the burden of stabilizing past EU colonies and Japanese Asia.
Somehow you Democratic Progressive's blame the Clean up crew for the mess they were given, but that is the Legacy of Success.
If you want to educate yourself, a short history is available.
https://www.thoughtco.com/us-and-middle-east-since-1945-2353681
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:26pm
wsucram15.
" I think it will be Europe that fixes this, America will not this time."
You miss the whole point of the article! Did you even read the article?
Israel, is taking control of the NEW ME, both Militarily and Economically by aligning themselves with the Sunni.
Europe is a basket case and falling apart, they can't save Greece, never mind the ME, and Trump cant even pass Tax reform of Medical care.
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:38pm
Stone & wsucram15.
Turkey, under Erdogan is becoming a Muslim state. Their Constitution mandates a Secular state, but Constitutions have been rewritten before.
Turkey wants a new Caliphate that includes Pakistan(for their Nukes.), Qatar and Oman(for their money).
It is all explained in the article.
I too have noticed that there are no tourists from Turkey anymore. I think the Turks are feeling like the Shah's Iran elite when the Mullahs were taking control!
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:50pm
Tom.
You have to catch up with TODAY! History is nice for understanding how we got here. But you cannot make life decisions based on what WAS!
German's now, are a bunch of dopeusing, self entitled socialists, who are ashamed of the past, and want to be nice to Muslims who want to kill them.
 
Europeans can't save themselves, never mind the day! And it is not very insightful to say the world is in chaos. The Fourth Reich are a bunch of LGBTQ equal rights socialists who think Muslims will help their economy.
In 20 years, they will be begging Israel for money to support their Muslim Population.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:18pm
Expat
 
I know.
 
By that time I will be in Africa and either happy there or dead.
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 9:20pm
IDK..Expat, we have some promising leaders if they can get their shit together. Although I admit, I am not a foreign global political expert.  I think the EU has issues, and the leaders need to pull it together, but might have a shot at some unity.  Its not impossible.
Syria was an issue but it is being worked on, not great in some areas, but refugees have a place whereas here, its not going to happen. Russia might help prima facia, but I doubt that also.
America cant do it anymore, except in limited capacity.
EXPAT Added Jul 18, 2017 - 10:15pm
wsucram15.
I don't know who these promising leaders are, that you refer to. No matter the talent of leaders, you can't heard CATS, and the Pink Pussies with their Vagina Hats, are being fed cat nip by the media.
It is a disgrace what has come of Information, discourse and education in USA!
The world is turning away from USA, as there is no leadership. All attempts to lead are distorted or subverted by Trump Haters, both R & D. Trump makes speeches and Tweets, but no one of importance listens! He has a clear vision where he wants America to go, but his plans are all undermined by by PTHD (Post Trauma Hillary Delusion) idiots who are sawing the branch they sit on.
I only spoke of the New Middle East and Israel. China is another problem, that wants control of all Asia, building Islands to control Asian Waters, and using North Korea to threaten the world!.
Putin is nothing on the threat stage, as Europe is too weak to confront him, and need Russian Energy. EU is now Exit Us.
 
To summarize, this is how World Wars start! When competing interests think they are strong enough to control the others!
The Late Great United States, is no longer BIG DADDY!
wsucram15 Added Jul 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Expat..there is a war going on here in the US, sometimes its subtle, and sometimes not so much.  People try to be polite but I have seen some crap in the past few months that I've only read about until now- domestically. Globally it looks much worse to me because the same issues are affecting most major countries, a division.  This too shall pass..Im sure you know that.
 
NEVER tell me Trump is undermined by people pushing back on his agenda. He has two entire chambers within his control, that could push through whatever they wanted...WITH THE KOCH BOTHERS (heritage foundation) and numerous others, money backing it.  Its not liberals, its not dems, its not protestors and the media.
The media (while admittedly going ALL OUT) is doing a job that each branch of government SHOULD be doing.  I dont agree with all of it, but some things we would have no knowledge of if not for investigative reporting going throughout history) and we have always survived.  I cannot agree with ALL the media on either side, but since I live in the US, I am glad we have a first amendment. BUT...
 
Do you know why Trump is not getting anything through? Dont guess or listen to the news..do you know why?  It didnt stop either Bush 41, 43 or Reagan.. I assure you its not that they were never massively protested, (and they were) along with their policies.  So what is Trumps and the GOPS problem now?  DO not tell me women in pink hats...that is the brain dead answer.
 
As far as Trump internationally, he will be in step with whomever he has personal dealings with. Its pretty simple.
I also dont blame the US for the ENTIRE worlds problems, Expat. Where do you get these things from?  Because I dont blame anyone, BUT  I dont think we should solve ALL problems either.  A cooperative coalition is a good thing if everyone pulls their own weight though. 
 
 We have been in Iraq for example to my knowledge since 1986, I know we had interaction before that like the kurds in the 70s, but don't know a bunch about all that.   My brother did two tours in Afghanistan.  He spent some time in Iran and Turkey, and did at least 2 tours in Iraq, maybe more.  He was in Desert Storm so I am sure he was in or near Kuwait/Iraq/Saudi Arabia.  I just remember him coming home so he could get married.
He was in Iraq when they caught Saddam Hussein in 2003, they held him at the airport in cells my brothers men constructed, for various reasons, he had a very specific job there.  My brother and woman were the commanders at that post. He left  after a few weeks, because that tour was up, he told me he felt bad for her later when the press was on the troops for abusing Saddam.   I remember the pics he sent home during that time, from the palaces and even the stuff from it.  But he was back there again not long after.  We tried to leave, each time, something happens.   (AlQueda, ISIL..and we are still there- billions of dollars spent, why?).  Now I am going to listen to HIS knowledge of the ME, long before yours, Expat.  They do not want US occupation there, they want our aid.
 
My brother told me it will never end and he told me that years ago. I dont think we can support that..we should not be there.
 
EXPAT Added Jul 19, 2017 - 1:06pm
Your contradictory rambling, means I have started you questioning, what was truth for you. That is good!
EXPAT Added Jul 19, 2017 - 1:43pm
This article is about to slip into the WB Black hole of acknowledgement, so I will return to the shadows of abjuratory.
I doubt it will be remembered after a week passes. The same old prejudices will return, and delusion will become truth!
But I do hope that some of you will realize that what once was a valuable source of information-THE MEDIA- is now abjure in reporting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Got you to look up the word ABJURE didn't I !
Dr. Rupert Green Added Jul 20, 2017 - 5:18pm
The United States of Israel is trying to right itself. It was shocked that the little people exercised some sense. I wonder whom the Israelis would have preferred for its United State president. It surely hated President Obama. It surely hates that the stupid American people have reinforced "no Jews" in its unwritten constitution regarding who cannot become president.  What is the unwritten constitution again? No Jews, no Blacks, no gays. I wonder why it accepted a Black and not a woman. Darn confounding Russians, they must have beamed over to crucial states and voted. Surely the "dumb Trump and the American people" could not have orchestrated the monumental victory that ensued.
EXPAT Added Jul 20, 2017 - 11:52pm
Dr. Green, the mean machine
Cannot see past left blame dream
Thinks 8 million Jews control the world
Nothing new in this hall of shame
 
The day of the Israeli, is at hand
They finally welcome in the Promised Land
Palestinians are no more, they go home as before
Egyptian Gaza and Jordan West Bank, no more war
Sunni and Jew have Putin to thank
 
The Nubian King of the Left, and the white chick Hillary
Did their best to destroy and pillory, they called it the Arab Spring
But their fate was a Nuclear umbrella, joining in  need  over Obama Cabala
Iran/Russian slaughter game, sought to claim that lost at VE day
Now the Russian bear runs away, too much cost to fix French Syria
So lefties go back to deliria. And Israel claims their destiny.