Tag: US Middle East policy

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

Faced with a serious clash in Jerusalem between two communities divided on the subject of religion, the Roman Empire’s man of the hour, its colonial governor Pontius Pilate made the bold decision to suppress his own opinion and not to intervene in the debate. As a patriotic polytheist, he had no...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

What Explains Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

What Explains Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

Ever since his inauguration in 2017, US President Donald Trump has placed an emphasis on unilateralism and the rejection of international organizations and treaties as the hallmarks of his foreign policy. Trump has assumed an aggressive modus operandi in dealing with US partners worldwide and...

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force...

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

A large number of people seem to believe that World War III has begun with the drone strike that killed Iran's Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, on January 3. On December 27, a US military contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq, and the US responded with a bombing...

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

The Americans call the five-day halt to Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria a ceasefire, while the Turks prefer to call it a pause. The Kurds call the incursion something else. For them, and for American soldiers who fought with them in the war against the Islamic State (IS), as well...

We’re Not the Good Guys

We’re Not the Good Guys

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to...

John Bolton Is the Most Dangerous of Political Operators

John Bolton Is the Most Dangerous of Political Operators

John Bolton has the passion of an ideologue and the patience of a realist. Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the...

The Dangers of Going After the Muslim Brotherhood

The Dangers of Going After the Muslim Brotherhood

Naming and shaming the Muslim Brotherhood, at considerable diplomatic and social cost and for little discernible benefit, is a policy idea that should never be allowed to see the light of day. It’s a muggy summer morning in Washington, and the United States has just named the Muslim...

Iran’s Defiant Message on Syria

Iran’s Defiant Message on Syria

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,...

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