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Middle East Tour d’Horizon

petroleum engineer Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 12:11 PM
Militant Islamists are on the march especially throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Obma's declaration of victory over Al Qaida is BS, like most of his declarations. Millitant Islam has dozens of militant organizations. The tempo of miltancy is increasing, not decreasing. The Obamaites may or may not recognize this, however their ideology seems to parallel the miltiants rather than give oppostion. I do not trust them, and neither should any thinking American. Middle East/No. African on the ground experience going back to 1949 - extended business assignments and personal travel. I do not trust the Obama cronies - we have a rudderless ship conned by neophytes.

Next month, both President Obama and newly minted secretary of state John Kerry head for the Middle East. They should listen to a range of views, see the sights, and pause to smell the hummus. As for policies, this would be a good time to consider a few adjustments. Below is a briefing — a briefer briefing than they will get from their advisers — on the state of the states, the players in play, and some different approaches to contemplate.

Israel and the Palestinians: Whatever peace process may have taken place in the past cannot be resuscitated in the present....