What is taking place there should serve as our wake-up call. We are one bad decision or miscalculation away from Armageddon.
Acting largely on claims by SAMS field operatives of a chemical attack in Syria, the U.S., the U.K. and France appear ready to make the Syrian opposition’s dreams come true.
The U.S. faces a more favorable foreign policy environment than it has in some years. Ironically, some of the more severe challenges emanate from President Trump.
The president did not trust his instincts and missed an opportunity to end the war.
In his speech on Afghanistan Monday night, the president was primarily attempting to manipulate American domestic politics.
The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians' outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory .
The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Russia and Bashar al-Assad are not willing to risk Donald Trump changing his mind, what with all the hawks milling around him and on his new cabinet.
The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon's Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument."
The Middle East conflicts and the ghost of the Vietnam War haunted last week's PBS Democratic debate.