Since the Obama Administration’s Middle Eastern misprision continues, perhaps another word of advice from Sir Winston, made in 1958, is in order:
The Middle East is one of the hardest-hearted areas in the world. It has always been fought over, and peace has only reigned when a major power has established firm influence and shown that it will maintain its will. Your friends must be supported with every vigour and if necessary they must be avenged. Force, or perhaps force and bribery, are the only things that will be respected. It is very sad, but we had all better recognize it. At present our friendship is not valued, and our enmity is not feared.
I don’t think the Obamanauts even have the bribery part down.