Geopolitics: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy? My friend? Both?

By Shlomo  Maital   


  Are you having trouble understanding what’s going on in the world today?  Global geopolitics?  You’re not alone.  Most of us are out to sea. 

   Writing in the International New York Times today, Peter Baker explains why.

  ●  America battles Russia over the Ukraine, but joins with Russia to get Iran to de-nuke. 

● America tangles with Iran over its nukes, but supports Iran in its battle against the Sunni ISIS insurgency in Iraq.

 ●  America battles Egypt over its lack of democracy, but John Kerry flies to Cairo to get Egypt’s help in arranging a Hamas-Israel cease-fire. 

● Israel bashes Hamas, but, not TOO much, because removing Hamas would bring Salafi or Sunni ISIS extremists, who might be worse. 

● America spies on Germany, but seeks Germany’s help in battling Russia in the Ukraine. 

    The list is endless.   Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?  Well, sometimes – that’s an Arab proverb, it is said, and it doesn’t always work.  Who is my enemy anyway?  My enemy is sometimes my friend, on some occasions.  And my friend is sometimes my enemy.  As Tom Lehrer once sang, the Letts hate the Latts, and…I don’t like ANYone very much…

     How in the world do you run a coherent foreign policy in this jumbled complex confusing world?

      If you think President Obama looks rather tired and perplexed these days,  perhaps you can understand why.   

       Two more years, Barack.  And then, you can REALLY improve your golf game.