Meanwhile, YDG-H formations are being folded into the newly formed YPS units. Welcome back to the 90s.
ethan's Musing on the Near East - Page 136
You are 10 years late. US has been playing both sides to fight against each other
Keep in mind this is 2006 when Sect violence was common within Iraq.
PLAY ON SUNNI FEARS OF IRANIAN INFLUENCE: There are fears in Syria that the Iranians are active in both Shia proselytizing and conversion of, mostly poor, Sunnis. Though often exaggerated, such fears reflect an element of the Sunni community in Syria that is increasingly upset by and focused on the spread of Iranian influence in their country through activities ranging from mosque construction to business. Both the local Egyptian and Saudi missions here, (as well as prominent Syrian Sunni religious leaders), are giving increasing attention to the matter and we should coordinate more closely with their governments on ways to better publicize and focus regional attention on the issue.
and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising. These proposals will need to be fleshed out and converted into real actions and we need to be ready to move quickly to take advantage of such opportunities.
Suppress the Country making the poor suffer
REFORM FORCES VERSUS BAATHISTS-OTHER CORRUPT ELITES: Bashar keeps unveiling a steady stream of initiatives on economic reform and it is certainly possible he believes this issue is his legacy to Syria. While limited and ineffectual, these steps have brought back Syrian expats to invest and have created at least the illusion of increasing openness. Finding ways to publicly call into question Bashar,s reform efforts )- pointing, for example to the use of reform to disguise cronyism -- would embarrass Bashar and undercut these efforts to shore up his legitimacy. Revealing Asad family/inner circle corruption would have a similar effect.
THE ECONOMY: Perpetually under-performing, the Syrian economy creates jobs for less than 50 percent of the country,s university graduates. Oil accounts for 70 percent of exports and 30 percent of government revenue, but production is in steady decline. By 2010 Syria is expected to become a net importer of oil. Few experts believe the SARG is capable of managing successfully the expected economic dislocations. -- DISCOURAGE FDI, ESPECIALLY FROM THE GULF: Syria has enjoyed a considerable up-tick in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the last two years that appears to be picking up steam. The most important new FDI is undoubtedly from the Gulf.
To be fair, that was Iranians not Iran. There were arrests following the shenanigans. Some have predicted a pivot away from Saudi to Iran but I don't see it happening. The Sauds have a long history of playing the game while the IRI takes every opportunity to say fuck your game.
Saudi Arabia also ensures that all oil money and political power does not touch Israel.
Also occasionally can throw islamist radicals for the US to use.
Whatever Dealings happen between Iran and the US, it will be because Iran has imposed itself by its own force as a necessity within that dealing. As far as allies, saudi arabia is a trusty dog. Unless the US sees that the al saud regime is unsustainable.
You know, act like the secular liberal humanist's we're supposed to be.
As for saudi arabia, well depending on how you view the world, its either the smartest thing the west has ever done or the worst.
If you were to look at it in a very selfish greedy viewpoint, its been a great alliance for the United states. Sucks for the rest of us though. In the grand scheme of things, 911 is a detail ( as rude as that sounds)
Even if you think global warming in a sham, this should be the only reason you need to develop alternative sources of energy.
Funny. I doubt the merits of climate change science however I don't see why we wouldn't pursue new energy sources. So weird that the combustible engine has basicslly gone unchallenged for 100+ years.
Edited by the shah - 1/4/16 at 7:54pm