The case for realism: Lessons from the Middle East


If I had the time, this would be the first paragraph in a book I’d love to write:

The US is, without question, the world’s most powerful country. And yet nowhere are the US’s interests and will challenged more, and more successfully, than in the Middle East. These failures are not limited to one side of US politics, and they are not limited to particular decades (although in the last two decades, the situation has become more pronounced). The reasons for US failures are manifold, but they boil down to lapses in realist will and perspective. On those occasions where the US has pursued non-realist approaches, typified most recently by the Bush and Obama Administrations, the results have been a defiance of the West and increased bloodshed.

Maybe I should crowdfund? Any takers?

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