You, Too, Can Help Save Iraqi Christians
St. Louis, Mo. — Maybe it was the Iraqi-born bishop praying the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke.
Maybe it was being in the same venue here where (Saint) Pope John Paul II spoke in 1999.
Maybe it …
Manufacturing Palestinian Violence
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has announced that Palestinian leadership will freeze all contact with Israel, including crucial security coordination. On Friday, a Palestinian terrorist killed three Israelis, including a 70-year-old man, in their home in …
The Great Muslim Civil War — and Us
The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?
It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The …
Trump Breaks a Campaign Promise for the Fantasy of Middle East Peace
Read carefully this statement from the White House:
Update: White House releases statement on the U.S. embassy in Israel pic.twitter.com/Ha3cKFhrQ5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 1, 2017
I’m not surprised that Donald Trump is breaking (for now, at …
Why Middle East Peace Starts in Saudi Arabia
“Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab–Israeli conflict.”
— Irving Kristol
The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. …
Trump’s Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise
‘We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East.
As Trumpisms go, this one is easy …
That was the title of Russell Baker’s famous memoir: Growing Up. (It was once famous, I should say.)
Anyway, I would like to single out a line from President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, now that he has …
A Requiem for the Assad-Family Dynasty in Syria
It is said that old habits die hard. In the realm of foreign policy, old assumptions do as well.
But Bashar al-Assad’s recent horrific chemical-weapon attack in Khan Sheikhoun appears to have prompted a change in U.S. policy. …
Secularism Is No Match for Radical Islam
Trudging around the ruined Church of St. Addai, in the empty Christian town of Karemlash, I saw clearly where radical Islamic extremism leads. This was only days before the attack on Westminster in London on March 22. With broken glass underfoot …
Saint Patrick’s Day this year marks the one-year anniversary of a little bit of a miracle. It was on March 17, 2016, that then–Secretary of State John Kerry surprised the world — and not least, the activists who were pleading for …
As the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa was convening to hear testimony on the U.S.–Qatar relationship, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the gas-rich emirate’s foreign minister were smiling …
The Cost of Supporting Israel Has Never Been Lower
In Oslo, the Tony Award–winning play set in the early 1990s, a Palestinian negotiator makes a powerful claim to his Israeli counterpart: “Until you make peace with us,” he says, “you’ll never be accepted by your neighbours.” But …
This Really Shouldn’t Fly
Last month, pinch-hitting for Jim Geraghty in the Morning Jolt (to which you really must subscribe), I wrote about the complaint by the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies that three Arab regimes are pumping billions of dollars into subsidizing …
Trump Acts Like a Competent, Conventional President Abroad
What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI director James Comey, …
While Donald Trump’s political foes continued to make the most of his ill-advised statements about the Russia investigation, Trump had some of the best days of his presidency this week. Though he is a man who can’t seem …
Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh
President Trump did himself a great deal of good in his Riyadh speech, but he left a gaping hole in his approach to terrorism.
To begin with the positive, he was presidential, indeed statesmanlike, in his delivery and in his …
End Abbas’s ‘Pay for Slay’: Pass the Taylor Force Act
President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is scheduled to call this week on President Trump. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is considering the Taylor Force Act, which would require Abbas to either dismantle his government’s system of …
Krauthammer’s Take: Not Listening to America ‘Has Worked Out Rather Well for the Russians’
Charles Krauthammer pointed out the problem with American officials thinking that they know more about Russia’s interests than the Russians do, and he also said that such thinking has had negative consequences in the Middle East:
I am always …
In 2004 Fallujah, a Lesson for 2017 Mosul
Every day the coalition conducts air strikes in Mosul. Those strikes support Iraqi and embedded U.S. coalition ground forces by destroying Daesh (ISIS) personnel in their redoubts. Nearly all the bombs hit their targets without any civilian loss.
Support Our Kurdish Allies in the Middle East
For two years U.S. forces have been working closely with Kurds in the war against the Islamic State. This cooperation began in northern Iraq with the peshmerga, the armed forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern …