In a speech laden with eloquent, almost philosophical, phrases, Barrack Obama said that the United States is always preoccupied with its domestic affairs.
This speech, with which Obama inaugurated his second term in office, reminded us of one of the most prominent facts in the American politics, that Democrats are generally more isolated and less interventional than their Republican rivals. Even the Iranian nuclear file is more likely to be dealt with through containment rather confrontation and John Kerry’s testimony is not enough to convince us to believe otherwise. Since we are talking about Iran, we are also reminded of another democratic administration headed by Jimmy Carter whose focus on human rights led, according to his many critics, to the fall of one of Washington’s closest allies: the Shah of Iran.
Analysis based on solid geographical and political calculations indicated that Carter would do anything but allow the Shah to fall, for he lives south of the Soviet Union at a time when the Cold War was at its peak. Those who adopted this view referred to the experience with Mohamed Mosaddaq in 1953 when American intervention during the Eisenhower administration reached the initiation of a military coup staged by General Zahidi, an idea that was previously rejected by Truman’s Democratic administration.
If we continue with this logic, we will find that the best formula Washington can reach will be combining moral and political support for the Syrian revolution, which costs nothing, with actual action against AlNusra and its sister groupsHazem Saghieh