• The Obama Doctrine

    Dans cet article Israel ce n’est pas « les Juifs » mais Israel et c’est très bien ainsi, mais pourquoi les pays du Golfe c’est « les Arabes » ?
    Parce que c’est #Jeffrey_Goldberg

    “A widely held sentiment inside the White House is that many of the most prominent foreign-policy #think_tanks in Washington are doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders. I’ve heard one administration official refer to Massachusetts Avenue, the home of many of these think tanks, as “Arab-occupied territory.””

    Via angry arab

    • Though he has argued, controversially, that the Middle East’s conflicts “date back millennia,” he also believes that the intensified Muslim fury of recent years was encouraged by countries considered friends of the U.S. In a meeting during apec with Malcolm Turnbull, the new prime minister of Australia, Obama described how he has watched Indonesia gradually move from a relaxed, syncretistic Islam to a more fundamentalist, unforgiving interpretation; large numbers of Indonesian women, he observed, have now adopted the hijab, the Muslim head covering.

      Why, Turnbull asked, was this happening?

      Because, Obama answered, the Saudis and other Gulf Arabs have funneled money, and large numbers of imams and teachers, into the country. In the 1990s, the Saudis heavily funded Wahhabist madrassas, seminaries that teach the fundamentalist version of Islam favored by the Saudi ruling family, Obama told Turnbull. Today, Islam in Indonesia is much more Arab in orientation than it was when he lived there, he said.

      “Aren’t the Saudis your friends?,” Turnbull asked.

      Obama smiled. “It’s complicated,” he said.

      Obama’s patience with Saudi Arabia has always been limited. In his first foreign-policy commentary of note, that 2002 speech at the antiwar rally in Chicago, he said, “You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East—the Saudis and the Egyptians—stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality.” In the White House these days, one occasionally hears Obama’s National Security Council officials pointedly reminding visitors that the large majority of 9/11 hijackers were not Iranian, but Saudi—and Obama himself rails against Saudi Arabia’s state-sanctioned misogyny, arguing in private that “a country cannot function in the modern world when it is repressing half of its population.” In meetings with foreign leaders, Obama has said, “You can gauge the success of a society by how it treats its women.”

      His frustration with the Saudis informs his analysis of Middle Eastern power politics. At one point I observed to him that he is less likely than previous presidents to axiomatically side with Saudi Arabia in its dispute with its archrival, Iran. He didn’t disagree.

    • Je pense, étant donné la densité et l’intérêt de cette interview qu’il pourrait être utile qu’un certain nombre de seen thissiens anglicisants et intéressés par le Proche-Orient et la géopolitique mondiale s’assignent la tâche d’en extraire les passages les plus dignes d’intérêt, de les résumer et de les commenter sous le tag #Obama_doctrine.
      Moon of Alabama a déjà fait un commentaire en s’intéressant au côté blanchiment qu’opère Obama de sa politique : http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/03/the-obama-doctrine-is-to-whitewash-his-foreign-policy.html