Category Archives: Middle East

The Photos the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Don’t Want You to See – by Nicholas Kristof – NYT

“Let’s be blunt: With U.S. and U.K.complicity, the Saudi governmentis committing war crimes in Yemen.“The country is on the brink of famine, with over 60 percent of the population not knowing where their next meal will come from,” the leaders … Continue reading

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Many Shades of the U.S. at War – The New York Times

“I’m just back from visiting all of our key air bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and along the Persian Gulf, and I find myself wrestling with two stark contrasts: the contrast between what is happening there in the air and what … Continue reading

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From Kabul to Baghdad- My Bird’s-Eye – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“Since I can’t explain Trump’s Middle East, let me explain what I saw here — three things in particular: I saw a new way of mounting warfare by the United States in Iraq. I saw in this new warfare a … Continue reading

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Charlottesville- ISIS and Us – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“AL UDEID, Qatar — I’ve been on the road since the Charlottesville killing. I am traveling around the Arab world and Afghanistan with the chief of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein; his civilian boss, the Air Force secretary, … Continue reading

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Before You Rip Up That Iran Deal … – The New York Times

This is a good editorial, which ends:  “Iran is too big to be ignored. And if Washington pursues regime change, as some officials seem to favor, the risks will be huge. This is a crucial moment for Iran as revolutionary … Continue reading

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Is Trump Scheming to Kill the Iran Deal? – The New York Times

As if the steeply rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula weren’t enough, President Trump seems determined to kill the Iran nuclear deal, against the near unanimous opinion of his closest foreign policy advisers. According to a recent article in Foreign … Continue reading

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Avoiding War With Iran – The New York Times

“The last thing the United States needs is another war in the Middle East. Yet a drumbeat of provocative words, outright threats and actions — from President Trump and some of his top aides as well as Sunni Arab leaders … Continue reading

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Trump’s Gift to Putin in the Mideast – by Vali R Nasr – NYT

“WASHINGTON — Over the past two months, even as American-trained forces were driving Islamic State insurgents out of the major Iraqi city of Mosul, the war next door in Syria was taking a dangerous but little-remarked turn — one far … Continue reading

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The Iran Puzzle – The New York Times

“The fear is that Mr. Trump’s demonizing of Iran, and his unwillingness to engage its government, could result in a broadening of the American military mission from defeating ISIS to preventing Iranian influence from expanding. This would be dangerous. Iran … Continue reading

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The Headless Superpower – by Ross Douthat _ NYT

“IF the United States imperium in all its might did not exist, if the Washington, D.C., of Donald Trump and James Comey were just the Sicilian-style backwater that it currently resembles, then no one looking at recent events would doubt … Continue reading

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