The public Bush Doctrine of seeking democracy in the Mideast seems to have given way to the reality of the actual Bush Doctrine of the U.S. funding covert wars all through the Mideast to further the foreign policy goals of this administration.
Recent media focus has proven military support for the Fatah faction over Hamas after the Bush Doctrine call for democratic elections in the Palestinian Authority region ended in a political disaster for both the U.S. and Israel. An inept U.S. covert shipment of 3,000 assault rifles meant for Fatah recently fell in Hamas militant hands during a hijacking made public on May 14. Congress recently approved a new $59 million dollar military request by the Bush White House for military aid to Fatah.
In Lebanon, the U.S. has been backing a long covert war against Hizbullah for some time now. A new battle in Lebanon against an Al Qaeda associated terrorist organization also raises questions about the level of U.S. support for such an operation as well.
In Iran, the U.S. has had a shaky relationship with terrorist organization, the Mujahedeen e Khaliq, which has used terrorism as well as Defense Department backing for covert operations within Iran such as collecting information on the Iranian nuclear program and new military equipment such as new missiles that have been developed. This has created some infighting between Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and the State Department which still views the MEK as a terrorist organization and a completely unreliable ally.
While the U.S. public knows more than they really want to about Iraq, three more areas of covert U.S. warfare in the Mideast are far less known to most Americans. Privately the U.S. has become the biggest agent of warfare in the region, where any appeal for Mideast regional democracy appears to be largely for American political consumption only.
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