by | Jul 8, 2019

When British forces seized an Iranian tanker bound for Syria last week, they acted out of character. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is the lamest of lame ducks. She has no mandate for action, far less military action, to enforce…

by | Jul 7, 2019

The Islamic State’s attempt to set up a Middle East caliphate has failed spectacularly. The group never had much of a chance, since it has targeted virtually every government in the region. But most of the Arab states were vulnerable…

by | Jan 15, 2019

One unremarked side effect of the uproar that goes by the name of Donald Trump is the hardening everywhere of hearts and positions. Everything’s got to be one way or another! — border wall or shutdown, impeachment or public demoralization,…

by | Jan 8, 2019

“They can do what they want there frankly,” commented President Trump in a recent Cabinet meeting regarding Iran’s role in Syria. Unsurprisingly, Trumps’ remarks attracted a flurry of outrage. “Worst counter-Iran strategy ever,” tweeted Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense…

by | Jan 8, 2019

“They can do what they want there frankly,” commented President Trump in a recent Cabinet meeting regarding Iran’s role in Syria. Unsurprisingly, Trumps’ remarks attracted a flurry of outrage. “Worst counter-Iran strategy ever,” tweeted Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense…

by | Jan 7, 2019

Barak Ravid of Israel’s Channel 10 News reports that the national security adviser to the Putin Regime in Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, floated an unofficial plan to his counterpart in Israel that might have mitigated the potential of a major war breaking…

by | Jan 7, 2019

Barak Ravid of Israel’s Channel 10 News reports that the national security adviser to the Putin Regime in Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, floated an unofficial plan to his counterpart in Israel that might have mitigated the potential of a major war breaking…

by | Dec 21, 2018

Many observers raise legitimate concerns about President Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. For example, there is indeed the risk that the local allies of the U.S. on the ground — the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces…

by | Nov 20, 2018

Is Qatar an ally of Iran? Such is the claim made against it by its two main Gulf rivals: namely, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which have imposed a blockade on the country. One also finds this…

by | Oct 11, 2018

As President Donald Trump approaches the mid-point of his (first?) term, he needs to take control of his foreign policy. He defeated Hillary Clinton by running against her warmongering. But his administration’s policies, in substance rather than rhetoric, are largely…

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