President Obama has been discussing the need for strategies in the Middle East. He is now proposing some strategies. I listened carefully to his talk and learned the President seeks to organize a coalition of Arab states who would gather together and destroy ISIS. This strategy entails more troops to aid the Iraq government, more bombing attacks, and more military equipment for those fighting against evil ISIS. I was struck with what was not part of this strategy. There is not a single word about Economic Development. There is not single effort to develop Middle Eastern economies so that hundreds of thousands of young men had jobs instead of sitting around cafes arguing and talking about jihad.
So, what MUST be done in the Middle East?
1. A Marshall Plan that requires Middle Eastern nations to develop modern economies.
2. The money would be dependent upon Middle Eastern nations working together.
3. The emphasis would be upon job creation.
4. Israel would be encouraged to hire bright young Egyptians, Jordanians, and Palestinians. These young people could return to their nations and initiate the creation of technology companies.
Give people jobs NOT GUNS!