Middle East Strategy? What Middle East Strategy?

To Michael Doran, the administration’s many statements and actions concerning the Middle East reflect a “coherent vision.” If true—which is doubtful—it’s the wrong vision.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan disembark from their aircraft as they arrive in the Iraqi city of Arbil on January 9, 2019. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan disembark from their aircraft as they arrive in the Iraqi city of Arbil on January 9, 2019. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images.

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Jan. 14 2019
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


In his new essay in Mosaic, Michael Doran, whose writings about the Middle East are invaluable, has tried to explain . . . everything. That is: to document the damage done by President Barack Obama in destroying traditional U.S. alliances in the Middle East; to demonstrate why cozying up to enemies and treating allies with contempt is dangerous; to alert us that the Obama “echo chamber” is still hard at work advancing the former president’s agenda; to analyze how a rupture in relations with the Saudis would be a foolish move; and to register the peril contained in the moral preenings of too many American journalists and politicians.

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