Cromulent Book of the Week: Perilous Partners

Perilous PartnersThe United States, and any country for that matter, doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Relations with foreign nations are necessary but in too many cases over the past seventy years, the US has allied itself with a murderers’ row of dictators, autocrats, El Presidentes, and psychopaths.

In Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes, Ted Galen Carpenter & Malou Innocent lay out the sordid history of questionable US alliances, particularly American efforts to put “their man” in control and the untold lives lost and millions of dollars spent to keep such men in power.

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What is going on in Yemen? Hint: Nothing Good.

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The US has not only gotten itself involved in yet another foreign conflict but we are almost single-handedly keeping the fight going with wide ranging aid to our “allies” in Saudi Arabia. We’ve been involved in the Middle East for over 60 years now and yet the region is still a mess with numerous civil wars, failed states, and a cavalcade of dictators, monarchs, and kleptocrats that would make Stalin proud.

Yemen is a mess and I wish I could accurately and neatly sum up just how bad it has gotten in this long forgotten country in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. What I can say (I’d rather yell it) is that while the US did not start this mess, we are the primary reason for its continuation. I’m ashamed of my country and all Americans should be too. I’ve put together a brief overview of what is happening, who’s involved and why, and the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding.

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