What to talk with a US Army (Iranian born) American Soldier (Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col.) who understands how Iran thinks?
Topic - Middle East Military Strategies
Iran | Russia | China | Afghanistan | N Korea
Regional Threats: Israel... and America's Arab allies unite against Tehran.
Lt Colonel (R) Sargis Sangari was born and raised in Rezaiyeh (Urmia), Iran. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 at age ten after the Iranian Revolution.
OP ED by LTC Sangari as seen in The Daily Herald on July 7th 2019:
The inability by policymakers to understand this is why sometimes great powers stumbled across the global stage as they try to operationalize their foreign policy within their backyard state. Example: Both South America and Central America are backyard regions to the U.S., but their governing ideologies are different from those in the U.S., given that they are, broadly speaking, socialist in their cast.
Case in point: U.S. in rushing toward regime change in Venezuela failed to consider the depth of the sociological friction point interdependency of Venezuela to Cuba, Russia, Iran, China and others.
In Asia, U.S. efforts to bring North Korea to heel came to grief on the shoals of Chinese disobedience. China viewed those efforts as meddling in their back yard and took measures to put a stop to them by bypassing sanctions as it moved nuclear technology for North Korea within selective global markets, while at the same time allowing the U.S. to take a substantial lead in normalizing western relations with North Korea.
However, in doing so, it created a set of complicated economic and political friction points for itself at its detriment. The U.S. exploited the Chinese friction points by banning Huawei and by having the POTUS step across the DMZ on June 30 at the invitation of the North Korean leader, forcing China to relent. U.S. and China never realized that it was possible that North Korea used the nuclear threat to bring China and the U.S. to the negotiation table as it played the two greater powers against each other to empower its future economic and political viability as a backyard state to both.
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Simply put, backyard states commonly dislike being backyard states and are opposed to viewing themselves as such. Failure to consider the sociopolitical history of a state can lead to increasing tension. Identifying and exploiting backyard tensions/friction points among rival powers can be critical to a nation's survival.
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About Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari:
Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari is a retired US Army Colonel who saw extensive combat in the Middle East as a Special Operations Forces soldier and who, after retirement, continues to advise the fledgling Assyrian Christian Army in Iraq known as Dwekh Nawsha with his military expertise.
Area of Expertise:
Military strategy, Middle East Foreign Policy, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, N & S Korea, Saudi Arabia, Assyrian persecution.
- US Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Sargis Sangari with six years of combat deployment in the Mid East
- CEO of The Near East Center for Strategic Engagement LLC
- Founder of the United Assyrian Appeal
- Diplomatic status in Kuwait as Director of Host Nation Affairs
- Trains Special Operations Forces
- Conducts training for EOD, CIED and SWAT
- Awarded Combat Action Badge
- Conducted 670 Key Leader & Tribal Leader Insurgency Operations
- Author of 3 Major Policy Papers on Special Operation Forces - used as guidelines in Civil Engagement in Iraq
- Conducted over 7000 Humanitarian Missions
- Sangari Planned, Researched and Executed the reception & integration of U.S Military personnel for U.S. Army laying the ground work for operations in Afghanistan.
- Analysis and Designs for training affecting all civil affairs.