When Domestic Political Rhetoric Harms Foreign Policy Objectives
MEMRI TV Clip No. 5623
Anyone who keeps up with what goes for political analysis in the Middle East knows that the discourse is full of conspiracy theories shaped to explain how the US is at fault for everything wrong with the Muslim Arab world.
One particularly egregious, widespread conspiracy theory in the Middle East is that the US founded the Islamic State.
This is false, of course, but when a candidate in this year's election makes the same claim,and even doubles down on the claim (before watering the claim down a week later), the conspiracy theorists in the Middle East feel themselves powerfully confirmed in their belief that the primary intention of the US in the Middle East is to sow discord and reap the destruction of Arab societies.
For more on this MEMRI report, see this video and its transcript.
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