Allies Against Terrorism? What Allies Against Terrorism
I suppose now would be a good time to point out that Pakistan hid Osama bin_laden for 10 years and still has not coughed up Ayman al-Zawahiri, though we all know they know that we know that he's there.
America’s allies have come under intense scrutiny this election season. The Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, postulated at times that he might, if president, break long-standing alliances with NATO. His premise: America’s allies aren’t paying their share of the burden in fights around the world. Trump’s call for reexamining alliances to better understand what return Americans get on their investments has merit but focuses in the wrong direction. He has taken European allies to task while giving America’s counterterrorism allies in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia a pass. The preponderance of U.S. alliances in recent years have not been through traditional Cold War agreements but instead through ad hoc arrangements to pursue al-Qaeda and its later spawn, the Islamic State. Over the last fifteen years, the U.S. has partnered with dozens of countries, providing military assistance and cooperation for targeting terrorists or building partner capacity or, in some cases, foreign aid to mitigate the root causes for terrorism. The results of these partnerships have been uneven at best. Tactical gains against specific terror targets have, in many cases, been offset by long run strategic divergence between the U.S. and its counterterrorism allies. Some alliances often put the U.S. in a twist both internationally and domestically. Just this month, President Obama, attempting to preserve a counterterrorism ally, vetoed a bill authorizing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for perceived complicity in the 9/11 attacks – a veto overridden by Congress.
Iran is our ally against terrorism in Iraq.
al Quaeda (al Nusra) is our ally against terrorism in Syria.
Saudi Arabia is our ally against terrorism in Saudi Arabia.
Iran used to be our ally against terrorism in Yemen, now Saudi Arabia is our ally against terrorism there.
Nobody's our ally against terrorism in Israel, Afghanistan or Libya.
Posted by: Veeshir at October 31, 2016 04:23 PM
Posted by: Greyrooster at November 06, 2016 06:52 PM
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