Iraqi rapid response forces advancing towards the south of Mosul. Donald Trump won the Republican primaries and the general election in part by attacking the Iraq War, which he likened to “throwing rocks into a hornets’ nest.” Photo: Reuters
Iraqi rapid response forces advancing towards the south of Mosul. Donald Trump won the Republican primaries and the general election in part by attacking the Iraq War, which he likened to “throwing rocks into a hornets’ nest.” Photo: Reuters
Middle EastUS politicsFrom the Archives

Trump, McMaster and the Petraeus legacy

Asia Times' columnist Spengler wrote this piece in 2010. In it he argues that the American military had, starting with Iraq, militarized large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia in the name of pacification before engaging in a grand strategic withdrawal from responsibility in the region, leaving behind men with weapons and excellent reason to use them. His words ring very true today.

February 28, 2017 2:26 AM (UTC+8)
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