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.
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.