The Middle East is a confusing place, especially for American policymakers it seems. In his latest animation, Mark Fiore points out that the U.S. is constantly switching sides and making friends with enemies, while at the same time continuing to send over money and weaponry to various parts of the region. All in all, we've had a big part in the mess there, and as this tongue-in-cheek "Pentagon Hymn, the Shores of Tripoli" highlights with a surprise ending, the Middle East is not the only place with battle on its hands. Here's what Fiore has to say about it all:
With the tragic killing of James Foley, it’s more apparent that the Middle East (and beyond) is getting more complex and convoluted. “You’re either with us or against us,” has become all the more laughable now that the United States is on the same side as Iran when it comes to Iraq, and on the same side as Assad when it comes to ISIS. (But we used to be on the same side as ISIS and against Assad, before ISIS became even more nasty.) That’s just the beginning.
It just came out that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were bombing Libya, against the wishes of the United States. (Stay tuned for massive Libyan mayhem.) Never mind that both Egypt and the UAE are chock full of U.S weaponry, courtesy of you and me. And let’s not forget that while Israel was lobbing US-made tank shells at Gaza, the United States has been funding schools and other programs in the Palestinian areas that were being attacked.
To complete the circle, we’re now bombing our own military hardware that was used to build up the Iraqi Security Forces. Once things fall into the hands of ISIS, all bets are off. Without getting into the tactical or moral merits of these various bombings and attacks right now, it sure seems like we’re a split-personality superpower, condemned to wander the earth for all eternity fighting our other selves. Be sure to check out the news behind this cartoon, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.