A Dive Into Washington’s Swamp

One years ago Trump pledged allegiance to the Wahhabi Orb. The one Orb that rules them all: This swearing of an oath to the Wahhabi death star was part of the opening of the potemkinesk "Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology" in Riyadh. ... The Saudis arranged the whole theater to flatter Trump into fighting …

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Once the Syrian War is Over, Qatar Could Become an Empire Again

Fresh back from Damascus, I was taking my coffee on the Beirut Corniche this week when a neat little Greek warship hove into sight. I picked up my French mandate binoculars – they must have travelled in and out of Beirut many times between 1922 and 1946 – and espied that “F465” was the frigate’s …

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The Idea of Replacing the US Contingent in Syria with Saudi Troops is Doomed to Failure

The White House has had a hot new idea – to leave Syria but also stay there at the same time by deploying an Arab contingent to US military bases, primarily from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). So to Arabize one of the bloodiest wars of our time in keeping with the bitter memory …

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Mohammed bin Nayef and Mohammad bin Salman with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on May 20, 2017, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: The White House/flickr

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner was “In His Pocket”

Until he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified rundown of the latest intelligence intended only for the president and his closest advisers. Kushner, who had been tasked …

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Trump Leans Toward Qatar in the Saudi Spat

Only by clearly and visibly identifying Qatar as a partner and friend can Washington hope eventually to ease the Saudis and others toward some form of reconciliation What do superpowers and teenagers have in common? Speaking as a Washington-based foreign policy analyst, and as a parent, I would suggest that each becomes rather frustrated when …

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Multiple Motives Exist as Reason for Turkish Invasion of Syria

Turkey has invaded Syria to fight against the Kurds. Turkey is fighting alongside FSA terrorists while the United States, a Turkish ally is fighting alongside Kurdish terrorists. The Syrian military is pushing northwest toward Idlib city and the Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces remain in the country to stabilize the situation and defeat jihadist groups …

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Donald Trump(L), Mohammed bin Salman(C), Theresa May(L) © Reuters

ISIS Defeat, Jerusalem & Bribes: Biggest Geopolitical Upheavals of 2017

The last 12 months has seen the geopolitical landscape turned on its head with major diplomatic incidents, high-profile corruption scandals and the destruction of Islamic State’s powerbase sending shockwaves across the globe. Trump throws Jerusalem grenade into Israel-Palestine peace process US President Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the world when he announced the US would …

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