The man uses same noun twice in the quoted below sentence, but a fact is a fact:
In fact, you can say what you want about the origins of the current mess in the Middle East, but the fact that America’s relations with every important country in the region are worse with the exception of Iran is telling.Or, in an even shorter but all-inclusive description:
The technical foreign-policy term for this is giant cluster-fuck. (In the military’s shorthand, using its own phonetic alphabet, the expression is charlie foxtrot.)Now read the whole piece (subscription required, but easy with your e-mail address or your FB ID).