Can a nation be both a friend and a foe to the United States at the same time? Today we have a situation in which Iran is a de facto ally of ours in the fight against ISIS, but also a country we’re actively trying to subvert in places like Yemen. While arrangements like this leave a lot of people scratching their heads, these situations are fairly common in international relations. America can overtly or covertly support a country in one region while subverting it in another, all in accordance with American interests in these different parts of the world.
About the Author
About Jack Murphy
is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.