Only those living under a rock are suprised at what’s happening in Iraq
…Just saying. I’m really tired of saying. It is going to get worse, not better. In the immediate region what is going down, will go down, and in the pipeline to go down just in Syria, Lebanon and Iran are certainly going to “take everyone by surprise” (everyone who is clueless about the Middle East, that is, and that includes the Western govt administrations of the U.S. and EU countries, the elitist academics, the hard and medium-core Leftists and a helluva lotta people on the Right). Bush and his administration had a really crappy understanding of the workings of the Middle East and actions and policies that would be beneficial but they at least had the smallest glimmer of a clue. Chickens carrying things far worse than bird flu will be coming home to roost for years and years and years, maybe decades, because of the complete, utter cluelessness (or intentional action and inaction but to quote Hillary Clinton, ‘what difference does it make?!’) of U.S. policy since then. It ain’t just the Middle East, though the Middle East is the hold-the-line crux, but there is a serious potential and very likely cluster-f*ck coming when you add in what’s brewing in countries in South Asia and Africa.