Fouad Ajami: U.S. is Bystander in Struggle for the Fertile Crescent
This is a Sunni-Shiite fight, but religious devotion is not the measure of things. This is a very worldly grab for power and wealth and trade routes, and it is fought without sentimentalism or scruples.And where is the United States in all this? Our country plays no role and exerts virtually no influence. Professor Ajami asserts that this situation results in part from the passive attitude displayed by the Obama Administration in its first term, especially in its failure to leave a residual U.S. military force in Iraq, and augmented by its failed courtship in 2009-10 of the Assad regime in Syria, in which Senator and Secretary of State-designate John Kerry played a major role.
The piece is illustrated by the brilliant political cartoon by David Klein posted above.
Of course, the Obama Administration would argue that Professor Ajami has it all wrong. It has been actively engaged in leadership from behind, protecting our diplomats in Libya, and addressing the true threat to peace in the Middle East, the construction of apartments in Israel.