Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

September 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

September 19, 2019

Recently, the proclaimed “death” of the Iran nuclear deal has been presented as the reason behind the rapidly escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz and the basis for pessimistic speculations regarding an imminent war between Iran and the United States. Interestingly enough, hard-line...

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

January 18, 2019

US involvement in Syria — hesitant, misguided, quixotic — has been benighted from the beginning. Donald Trump wants to pull US troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Friday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay...

Iran’s Defiant Message on Syria

October 15, 2018

By firing missiles over Iraq into Syria, the Iranians delivered a powerful message to Washington at a time when the Trump administration ratchets up its aggression against the Islamic Republic. On October 1, Iran carried out six missile strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Abu Kamal,...

The Next War in the Middle East

July 09, 2018

Regime change in Iran is part of the grand strategy for the Middle East formed at that fateful meeting in Riyadh during Trump’s first overseas visit. US President Donald Trump is intent on war with Iran and is trying to lure the government in Tehran into a trap. The evidence for this is...