Sleepless in Seattle; Clueless in DC and New York

It is hard for the average American to answer tough questions about terrorism or Mideast politics. It is natural, then, to rely on “experts” in government, the press and academia to give responses to the following queries:

* Is Islamic extremism a growing force inside the United States?

* What chances are there to develop more peace and stability from the political upheavals that have been called “Arab Spring”?

* How can we work with the Syrian government or against the Syrian government to end the bloodshed in that country?

* Is Iran making atomic bombs? What does that mean? Could we try to stop it?

* Can we employ Islamist Turkey to negotiate with Iran, and are the Turks more useful in fighting terror than Israel?

* Is the Muslim Brotherhood a moderate organization, and does it make sense to help them gain control of Egypt?

* Would solving the Israeli-Palestinian problem help the rest of the Mideast, and should the US press Israel to find a “two-state solution” with the PLO?

These are all good questions, but anyone who tracks the responses and the results over the last two years will see that many of our most highly regarded experts have been calamitously wrong time after time.

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