That title is one reason why I am very jaded on American foreign policy (and no, I’m still not with Noam Chomsky, quite yet).
Bashar al-Assad like Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi seems a despicable human being/tyrannical dictator. But from the perspective of American interests these tyrants seem way less scary than ISIS.
Assad is fighting ISIS or ISIL or whatever you call it. Whom do we support. Is this like choosing between Iraq and Iran before Saddam invaded Kuwait?
Likewise in Afghanistan, Obama is getting blame for being too light on tribal forces that have ritualized pederasty. Yet, they are our allies against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. We should have never invaded Iraq and we handled Afghanistan wrongly. The aim should have been to get the bad guys, not to occupy, and establish “liberal democracy” in non-liberal democratic lands.
And by the way, that the Pashtuns do these creepy things with boys is not news and they’ve been doing it since day one when the George W. Bush administration made allies with them. Justin Raimondo can be a bit of a crank, and I certainly don’t agree the way he “puts things” in this article (what would you expect from a gay guy who notably endorsed Pat Buchanan). But he had the info back in 2002.