[Ed. note – a very incisive and insightful analysis on US wars by former diplomat Chas Freeman. If the name sounds familiar, it should. In 2009, Freeman was tapped by the Obama administration to serve as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, but his appointment was quashed by the Israeli Lobby. One of those leading the fight against him was Steve Rosen, formerly of AIPAC, who at the time was awaiting trial on espionage charges. What Freeman provides here is a close look at America’s entangled alliances with countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia from the perspective of a career diplomat, as well as its ongoing and seemingly endless wars and the destructive–as well as self-destructive–impacts they have had. ]
America’s Persian and Arabian Wars
Remarks to Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR)
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
DACOR Bacon House, Washington, DC 4 March 2016
Sometime between 460 and 450 B.C.E., Herodotus wrote The Persian Wars, his account of the Greeks’ two wars with the Persians, which spanned thirteen years. Even in a time when trends and events unfolded more slowly than they seem to now, that was a famously lengthy conflict. But the ancient Greeks and Persians have nothing on us Americans in that regard.
The United States has now been engaged in a cold war with Iran – Persia – for thirty-seven years. It has conducted various levels of hot war in Iraq for twenty-six years. It has been in combat in Afghanistan for fifteen years. Americans have bombed Somalia for fifteen, Libya for five, and Syria for one and a half years. One war has led to another. None has yielded any positive result and none shows any sign of doing so.