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Gary Gambill: The Case of the Missing Analyst

I have always said that Gary Gambill is a really great dot connector working from the US. He writes clearly and is real good at linking material together into a thesis, even though I usually disagree with him.

The primary problem which makes all of his work unhelpful at the end of the day, sadly, is that he has never even visited any of the subjects or countries he writes about!

This fact alone goes way beyond even the now “normal” pitfalls of parachute journalism.

So one could problematize his recent FP piece here for turns like this:

“There will be tough times ahead for Lebanon, but ultimately the Assad regime’s death throes can only work against the Shiite Hezbollah movement.”

— [Actually, no , there are several ways by which this can and I think will likely benefit Hizbullah especially given the nearing, major conflict]

And then this:

“For the foreseeable future, however, Iran constitutes a far greater and more immediate threat to U.S. national interests. Whatever misfortunes Sunni Islamists may visit upon the Syrian people, any government they form will be strategically preferable to the Assad regime, for three reasons: A new government in Damascus will find continuing the alliance with Tehran unthinkable, it won’t have to distract Syrians from its minority status with foreign policy adventurism like the ancien régime, and it will be flush with petrodollars from Arab Gulf states (relatively) friendly to Washington.”

[Gary is simply guessing and is being careless in his maximalism -there is much in the unintended consequences alone of what is happening to augur poorly for US interests as but ONE measure]

So one CAN argue with Gary, but really how and why do it? Gary needs to take some time off, come to the mideast and listen.


Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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