Don’t Forget Middle East Madness
There is currently a real Asian pivot as the president completes one of the longest presidential tours of Asia in memory. Three carrier battle groups are in the West Pacific.
America at home is in one of its periodic frenzies — …
The Other al-Baghdadi — and the Christians Fighting for Freedom in Syria
Raqqa, Syria — The soldiers of the Syriac Military Council sit on a rug in an abandoned home in the urban wreckage of the caliphate’s capital, perhaps 200 yards from ISIS, drinking tea and chain-smoking. The predominantly Christian unit is a …
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. …
The Islamic State and the Limitations of Cruelty
The Islamic State just lost its capital at Raqqa, and with it the last of the terrorist group’s fantasies of establishing a Middle East caliphate.
In recent years, ISIS has horrified global audiences with video clips of unspeakable atrocities. …
High Turnout as Kurds Vote for Independence
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The day after the Kurdish independence referendum, people have left the ink they used to stamp their ballots to dry on their fingers. It is a symbol of their desire for independence. Many have waited …
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 …