Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Utility of Client States Redux

One of the most bizarre developments since the birth of the Arab Spring has been the parade of former Bush administration officials claiming that the Spring has vindicated the horror of Bush-era foreign policy. The ridiculousness of these claims is patent and need not be addressed. Yet, nothing underscores the absurdity of these claims like Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, scion of the so-called Bush freedom agenda, coming out in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his brutal crackdown on protesters there.

Adding irony to insult, of course, is the steady movement of Iraq's government into Iran's orbit--along with Syria--to finally give birth to the then-fictional alignment termed the "Axis of Evil." 

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