US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself in …

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he
an opinion piece
on 12 April calling on President Trump to ”back off fighting
territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not
that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but
that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

That suggestion that the US sell out its interest in counter-terrorism in the
Middle East to gain some advantage in power competition with its adversaries
was rightly attacked as cynical.

But, in fact, the national security bureaucracies of the US – which many have
come to call the “Deep State” – have been selling out their interests in counter-terrorism
in order to pursue various adventures in the region ever

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