Friend, for now

In City Journal, Judith Miller writes, “America needs the coalition of 63 states that Obama and his predecessor assembled to reclaim territory that the Islamic State has seized in Iraq and Syria.”

Why? Has that actually worked? Or, rather, has it not brought a multi-sided civil war of horribles against irredeemables? Where there are no good guys, just some not as bad as others. Any of whom who will turn on any foreign power in a heartbeat, once their own sectarian objectives are met.

America has few true friends in this world. And no true friends among Islamic nations, just allies of convenience. Generally speaking, such nations are friends only in the old tribal sense of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Unspoken in this age-old formula is “friend, for now.”


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