The Sorry Record of ‘Putin’s Poodle’
Mainstream media, and even some conservative commentators, have spent the weeks since the election obsessing on Donald Trump’s supposedly over-cozy relationship with Russia and speculating about whether he’ll be a hopeless weakling when dealing with Vladimir Putin. This …
Peace Is Impossible in the Face of Permanent War
I would urge everyone to read Mario Loyola’s extended piece on the home page about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It serves as a useful reminder of the truth that Dennis Prager so effectively articulates — the conflict is a complex …
Getting the Christmas Point
‘Why do people go to church on Christmas?” It was one of the questions passersby asked as they noticed the security line before midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve. There were some colorful things said, as …
How Trump Can Stop Erdoğan from Playing the United States
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has big ambitions. He wants to become an Imam Ataturk, a leader who replaces Turkey’s national secularism with autocratic political Islam.
But this week, by claiming the United States supports ISIS, Erdogan crossed a …
Obama’s Betrayal of Israel Is a Black Day for American Diplomacy
Adding a final shameful chapter to a foreign-policy record that already runneth over with them, Barack Obama on Friday abandoned America’s commitment to Israel’s security, and to the vindication of democracy over sharia-supremacist aggression. In an act of …
The Fall of Aleppo and Obama’s Shameful Legacy
The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama’s abdication. For which …
Obama’s Policy on Saudi Arabia Is Based in Delusion and Ego
In protest against Saudi Arabia’s military-targeting procedures in Yemen, the White House is suspending some arms transfers to the Kingdom. But rhetoric aside, it’s a half-hearted move.
The U.S. will continue supporting refueling missions for Saudi jets …
The Crisis for Christians in the Middle East
If you will be in New York City on Monday, December 5, and if you care deeply about the need to combat anti-Christian genocide in the Middle East, then please join Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Ambassador Ron Lauder, Nina Shea, and other …
Taking Raqqah Will Be No Easy Task
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has begun operations to seize Raqqah, the city that serves as al-Baghdadi’s headquarters and the capital of ISIS. For every actor involved in Syria and Iraq, it’s a critical moment.
The efforts …
The land of Syria is a hellscape. A desert ruin, a blasted place where fundamentalists clash with fascists as major powers — America, Russia, Turkey, Israel — drop bombs.
After a U.S.-brokered cease-fire collapsed in recriminations, Washington responded by saying …
Slow Progress in Mosul Is Harming U.S. Interests
All things are ready, if our minds be so.
— Shakespeare, Henry V
Iraq’s battle for Mosul is not going well.
Hundreds of Iraq’s most elite military personnel have been killed in action and thousands more wounded. Daesh — also …
For Peace in Palestine, Start from Scratch
President Obama’s decision to stab Israel in the back at the United Nations could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Obama’s instinct for radical overreach has achieved a reductio ad absurdum of the whole U.S. framework …
This Is the Moment for an Israeli Victory
The U.S.-sponsored Israeli–Palestinian “peace process” began in December 1988, when Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat met American conditions and “accepted United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, recognized Israel’s right to exist and renounced terrorism” (actually, given Arafat’…
Fifteen Easy Ways to Ruin the Middle East
President Obama had lots of choices in Middle East. Unfortunately he made all the wrong ones, guided by pop ideology rather than unwelcome facts on the ground. The result is chaos at best and millions dead or displaced at worst. …
Krauthammer’s Take: Abstention on Anti-Israel Vote a Disgrace: ‘U.S. Joined the Jackals at the U.N.’
Charles Krauthammer condemned Obama’s tacit support of today’s U.N. resolution that calls for an end to Israeli settlement building:
What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N. That was a …
Living Hope: Lessons from a Persecuted Christian in the Middle East
One of the most moving moments of my year came the Saturday morning I interviewed Father Douglas Bazi. It was just before he would celebrate Mass in the Chaldean rite, just yards from the White House, in a Catholic chapel, …
After Aleppo Falls: Five Predictions
The Bashar al-Assad–Ayatollah Khamenei–Hassan Nasrallah–Vladimir Putin axis is smiling. The northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a spot with great strategic value for all sides, will soon fall. Sunni rebels there are outnumbered, outgunned, and encircled. When Aleppo …
President Trump Should Chart a Cautious Course in the Middle East
President Obama has bequeathed a security mess in the Middle East. He hoped that, in return for a U.S. tilt in favor of an expansionist Iran, the Iranian regime would moderate its aggressive behavior. Instead, Iran is inflaming the …
Three Ways the U.S. Can Save Syria
Qui audet adipiscitur (Who dares, wins)
— motto of the British Army’s Special Air Service
The motto of Britain’s primary special-operations regiment is a good one. It speaks to the necessity of risk in the pursuit of victory. And …
Investing in Eternal Memory in Iraq
There’s a “memoricide” happening in the Middle East, as the presence of Christians there diminishes to the point of potential extinction. The Knights of Columbus recently held a forum on the topic of Christians in the Middle East and …