The more things change in the Middle East, the more things stay the same:
The Pentagon has sent 100 Marines to the US Embassy in Baghdad to bolster security in the wake of an attack on Tuesday where hundreds of pro-Iran militia members stormed the compound, set walls ablaze and chanted ‘Death to America!’ in retaliation for American air strikes.
US soldiers inside the embassy have fired tear gas, stun grenades and warning shots, wounding 62 of the hundreds of fighters who broke down the main door to the compound and set a fire in the reception area, according to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group for the militias recognized by the Iraqi government.
The ambassador to Iraq was on leave at the time of the attack and embassy staff had already been evacuated before the US Marine guard became besieged behind the bullet-proof glass and on the rooftops.
Tuesday’s attack on the embassy was is in retaliation for US air strikes on the Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah on Sunday night, which killed two dozen fighters. Those strikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor at a US base in Kirkuk.
I think I speak for most Americans when I say, “who the hell cares?” American troops shouldn’t be in Iraq in the first place. Sending in more Marines and risking them getting wiped out is not at all the wise course of action. And babbling about how “Iran will be held fully responsible” serves no purpose at all when everyone knows that the US cannot and will not win a war against the Iran-China-Russia alliance.
The age of the one global superpower is over. Leave the Middle East to the Middle Easterners.