It is fascinating to examine the state of American foreign policy. We have lots of journalists and experts who study it, comment on it, but very few who seem to grasp what is actually happening:
The United State is now a de facto ally Iran.
This is a remarkable turn of events. Since the Islamic Revolution, we have been the Great Satan and returned Iran's contempt with disdain of our own. Several times during the 1980s it seemed we would escalate into open warfare, but things always cooled down.
Now, however, it is an undeniable fact that our current leadership has outsourced our middle eastern foreign policy to Teheran.
For years the Assad regime was near the top of our list of enemies. Now we are bound to keep him in power. To the east, Iraq is an Iranian proxy. To the south, Iran has just toppled Yemen's government.
It's almost like Iran has a long-term plan or something.
Map of Middle East in 2016
Some might write this off as naiivete or misguided leadership, but the cause is not as important as the effect.
In any event, once this administration is over, there will likely be a warm welcome waiting in Persepolis. Maybe Obama can be a satrap.