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Mohamed Morsi
U.S. should butt out of the Middle East [Commentary]
U.S. should butt out of the Middle East [Commentary]

The Middle East and Africa are a complex matrix of religious cultural, racial, ethnic, clan and tribal dynamics that have developed over 1,000 years of conflict. Scott Anderson wrote in his new book, "Lawrence in Arabia," that the first inept U.S. government agent in the region, William Yates, established a tradition of misinterpreting the situation that his successors have rigorously maintained for 100 years. The rise of the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the return of Sunni control to large sections of Syria and Iraq are not unexpected. What is astounding is that after decades of careening from one debacle to another, the Beltway crowd is still totally...

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