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The ISIS/Iran Conundrum

The obsessive international preoccupation with ISIS notwithstanding, Iranian expansionism poses a far greater threat to U.S. interests and regional allies than the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Tehran boasts control of four Arab capitals (Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sana) as well as a number of powerful Shiite militias (from Hezbollah, to the Houthis, to various Iraqi groups), and has warmed relations with Moscow following the latter’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war.

As a result, Washington has effectively abandoned its longstanding goal of toppling President Bashar Assad – Tehran’s (and Russia’s) foremost regional protégé – whose relentless sectarian cleansing has not only decimated Syria’s Sunni population but has flooded Europe with illegal immigrants.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama has a personal affinity for Sunni Islam and a political affinity for Shia Islam. Where they intersect is the destruction of Israel and the US.

    • Obama is clearly a Muslim. I agree he has typical Muslim hopes for the destruction of Israel and the US. But I believe he carries the progressive multi-culti view and hope of a unified/friendly Shia/Sunni Islam. (No matter how asinine that may be.)

      His upbringing has scarred him mentally for life. He carries the hate America leftist intellectual baggage fed to him as a child.

      Putin’s short term “detente” with Iran will change. Russia has a huge and growing internal Islam problem. When the sh*t hits the fan the Russians will deal with it without regard to world opinion.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Russia also has good relations with Israel and has remained silent when Israel attacked Hezbollah.