US Middle East strategy: “Let Allah sort it out.” — @HudsonInstitute, @Doranimated; Michael Doran

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Michael Doran, in re: US Middle East strategy. Trump campaigned on limited fighting in Syria. His withdrawal could be seen coming. This Administration wants to pull back from the Middle East working with traditional allies—Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia. Think of these as a triangle: The Jerusalem-Riyadh base is pretty strong; the job of the US is not to get everybody in perfect agreement, it’s to assign to them rules and missions in keeping with their understanding to their interests and with vital US interests. Let’s say that containing, rolling back, Iran might [get everyone in agreement]. Sarah Palin’s doctrine was the forerunner of our strategic vision: “What's your strategy for Syria?” “Let Allah sort it out.” Obama consciously hid behind Tea Party Republicans. We have to face facts: a rising sort of isolationism on both right and left. US will have to define its interests much more clearly. Our 2,000 troops in the desert were being run by the YPG, thereby permanently alienating Turkey. . . . remember, YPG has never broken it’s excellent ties with Iran and Russia. · https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2019/01/the-strategy-washington-is-pursuing-in-the-middle-east-is-the-only-strategy-worth-pursuing/ · https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/2019/01/middle-east-strategy-what-middle-east-strategy/ · https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/world/middleeast/isis-attack-syria-troops.html · https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/world/middleeast/mike-pompeo-saudi-arabia.html · https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-16/trump-s-syrian-detente-with-erdogan-masks-a-rot-that-runs-deep · https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/us/politics/nato-president-trump.html Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.

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