The contradictions in Obama’s Middle East policy have produced a set of problems that cannot be resolved without a changed relationship with Russia. This truth lies at the heart of controversies within the US military and intelligence system which – according to Seymour Hirsch – have resulted in a victory for those who see negating Russia’s influence as the prime task. A task greater then the aim of stalemating and defeating Isis.

These themes are investigated in the latest issue of the London Review of Books.

Hirsch writes: “Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.”

Well worth reading



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