Unless Bob Novak is just making things up, his congressional sources are telling him that key members have congress have been briefed on a Pentagon plan under which “U.S. Special Forces are to work with the Turkish Army to suppress the Kurds’ guerrilla campaign” against Turkey. The strategic pretzel thus acquires another twist. We’re giving Israel billions of additional dollars to get them to not object to us selling advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia. We’re selling the Saudis the weapons to check Iranian influence.
Meanwhile, we’re complaining that the Saudis are undermining Maliki’s government in Iraq. The Saudis are doing that in order to check what they see as Iranian influence. Maliki wants us to sack our commanding general in Iraq or, at least, to stop arming what he sees as anti-government Sunni rebels. We think we need to arm those rebels to check al-Qaeda influence. And now our special forces are going to attack Kurds — along with Israelis, the one group in the region that seems to genuinely welcome American influence — ostensibly in order to head off a more dramatic Turkish intervention.
Is the intersection of these trends — the logical extension of these colliding agendas — really more frightening than the prospect of just leaving?