I don't mean to attack our nation's brightest and best analysts and experts. They are experts, and they know a great deal more than I do about a great many things.
But if there's one thing that I find absolutely unpalatable, it's acceptance of memes and narratives that are verifiably untrue.
I compare Kremlin propaganda with some of the material I see coming out of the Washington think tanks and I know that something is amiss. But unless you're someone like Lydia Khalil, whose analysis of the PKK means she's either insane or an agent of influence, I'm not naming names.
I have said it once. I will say it again.
The "sectarian warfare in the Middle East" narrative that has somehow become so popular is absolute BULLSHIT.