Time to Bring the Pain to Iran
3 months agoSeptember 16, 2019
Iran has attacked again. The physical targets were oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. The actual target was the United States and Europeans as a warning of what they can do if they do not receive the bribes they have demanded. This must not go unpunished.
Iranian attacks should draw a US response
7 months agoMay 15, 2019
The US has a longstanding interest in free and safe passage from the Gulf through the Straits of Hormuz. Although the attacks on four tankers did not include any US-flagged vessels, they certainly threatened the safety of all vessels in the region. If Iran is calculating that this does not constitute a crossing of a clear red line, they are mistaken.
Supporting the New Arab-Israeli Alliances in the Middle East is More Important than the “Peace Process”
10 months agoFebruary 02, 2019
Any peace plan or proposal that would complicate the current rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbors is counterproductive, not only to US strategic interests, but to those of our allies as well.
Is Qatar really an ally?
11 months agoJanuary 29, 2019
Secretary of State Pompeo just returned from a trip across the Middle East and one of his stops was in Qatar. He announced a number of initiatives including an expansion of al-Ubeid Air Base where the US has a major contingent. What was not mentioned was Qatar’s continued support for terrorism or its many other malign activities throughout the region or their effects on the US and our interests.
A New Way Forward in the Middle East: Nine Stratagems
11 months agoJanuary 14, 2019
This document proposes a military-lite, foreign-aid-lite approach to executing American foreign policy in the Middle East. The basic aim is for the United States to positively affect our interests by rewarding friends and punishing enemies.
A New Strategy for the Middle East
11 months agoJanuary 09, 2019
The United States began operating our foreign policy in a fundamentally different way when President Trump took office. Our nation-building projects abroad came into question as military intervention began to be replaced by deal-making as the preferred method for achieving US strategic interests. The region where this is coming into greatest focus is the Middle East. We will soon publish the first regional version of our Grand Strategy - Freedom and Fair Trade which will focus on the Middle East. This piece will serve as an introduction to our thoughts on the current state and how we see the path forward.
Khashoggi: Qatari Asset in Life; Qatari Asset in Death
1 year agoDecember 23, 2018
Thanks to the Washington Post, we now know that Jamal Khashoggi was never a journalist; he was a highly-partisan operative who worked with a handler to publish propaganda at the behest of Qatar. He was, in other words, an agent of influence.