Wikileaks, U.S. peace-making dramatized (parody, mostly)
Drawing on some of the information in the Wikileaks cache, this funny video from Mere Rhetoric captures the absurd, Ostrich-like evasiveness of America’s longstanding policy in the Middle East. It’s parody, but mostly accurate — and therefore, unnerving.
In some quarters of the foreign policy establishment, it’s an article of faith that the central problem in the Middle East is Israel’s (alleged) injustices against the Palestinians. That premise has shaped American policy for decades. But it’s wrong, in many ways. Iran is the key problem. It has been for years. Some of the documents in the Wikileak cache are confirming that fact. File this under obscene, but not surprising: one cable reports how Iran smuggled arms to Hezbollah in ambulances. Another cable reports that even the Saudi regime—which backs Islamist groups and undercuts U.S. interests—even the Saudis recognize that Iran is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room.
When will we?