Alice may have survived her trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, but it is an unseemly place for the president of a powerful but feckless nation to venture. Nor is it likely that Obama will emerge unscathed – or further enlightened.
How so? President Obama seems to have cut a deal with President Erdogan of Turkey to allow U.S. military aircraft to use Turkish airbases to launch attacks against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Initial mainstream media reports announced this as a great move on the part of the administration. Turkey, in concert with the Gulf Sunni monarchies has, in the past, resisted entering the fight against ISIS and has allowed thousands of foreign men and women to enter ISIS-held territory as recruits. Their military intelligence agency has also been suspected of aiding ISIS alongside the Persian Gulf monarchies.
But last week ISIS apparently sponsored a massacre in a Turkish city that killed scores. Erdogan, an avowed Islamist, who has been recently weakened politically by sectarian opposition electoral gains must have felt he had to drop his Sunni monarchial alignments and defend Turkey’s sovereignty against ISIS. So the deal was made with the US.
But the Middle East is little but a “Wonderland” for feckless American foreign policy wonkers. Although the mainstream media continues to feature film of our new allies, the Turks, bombing ISIS sites it appears the deal Obama cut with Turkey is being used by the Turks to bomb our closest effective allies, the Kurds. So we sold the Kurds out for getting Turkey into Wonderland and thus have probably lost the Kurdish Peshmerga and associated groups’ confidence in the U.S. as an ally. For those who have not followed the Wonderland tea party, the Kurds, not the American-supported Iraqi government, have been the only effective fighting force against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.
Now the payoff is that the PKK Kurds have turned their backs on the cease fire they had with Turkey and started hostile actions against the Turkish military in Turkey thus broadening the chaos in Wonderland.
Like the Red Queen in “Alice,” the battle cry is “Off with their heads,” with plenty of Mad Hatters willing to do the decapitating.
Once again a big Cheshire Cat of death is grinning in the Middle East. Good going, Obama!