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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

David Ignatius, "Netanyahu’s zero-sum game on Iran": Whacha Talkin Bout, Ignatius?

David Ignatius also has "something" to say about Netanyahu's speech before Congress. In his latest Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Netanyahu’s zero-sum game on Iran," Ignatius writes, inter alia, about the implications of the failure of US diplomatic efforts involving Iran. Ignatius would have us know:

"This could result from a hardening of the U.S. or Iranian positions, from new sanctions legislated by Congress or from simply the inability to bridge existing gaps. Here, again, greater tension is likely — with the United States and Iranian forces at dangerously close quarters in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria."

Indeed, the US has some 3,100 troops on the ground in Iraq, mostly in bases where Iraqi forces are being trained. If Iranian forces wish to avoid contact with the Americans on these bases, this is an easy enough task. After all, Iran has no interest in overrunning bases where troops loyal to Iraq's Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, are stationed.

But Syria? Beginning in the spring, some 400 US advisors will train Syrian opposition fighters out of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, but they will not be stationed in Syria.

Whacha talkin bout, Ignatius?

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