Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What to Do About the Middle East

This is some months old but every bit as timely as when it aired.  Thanks to Digby for the link:

Soon-to-be-ex–Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently interviewed Egyptian comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef about America and the Middle East. I found this surprisingly entertaining as well as nuanced; a smart piece. Their opening exchange:

Stewart: Tell me, Bassem. With the Middle East spiraling out of control, what should America do about this?

Youssef: (winning smile) Well, how about ... nothing.

Sounds like a plan to me.  There are nearly 200 nations on the planet.  The U.S. has troops in approximately 150 of them.  And a tough-to-pin-down number of permanent overseas bases, totaling some 800-900 (go ahead and Google for the number...your head will quickly spin).

Maybe it's time we un-assumed the role of the world's policeman? 

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