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Trump’s Foreign Policy, With the Press Distracted, Is Starting To Cohere

Trump’s Foreign Policy,  With the Press Distracted,  Is Starting To Cohere By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun | March 21, 2017   Though it is hard to believe some days, the political atmosphere in Washington is slowly settling down. The Democrats drone tiresomely on, battering the piñata that there is no evidence that President Obama tapped candidate […]

OPEC’s Misleading Narrative About World Oil Supply

  AP Photo/Hasan Jamali Exhaust rises from an oil facility in the desert field of Sakhir, Bahrain, Septe More…  POLICY BRIEF – Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center OPEC’s Misleading Narrative About World Oil Supply Author: Leonardo Maugeri | March 2017 At a time when energy market headlines focus mainly on OPEC cuts, observers may be forgiven for […]

Two Articles/Studies: ‘Iran’s Assad Regime;’ & ‘The Pitfalls Of Relying On Kurdish Forces To Counter ISJIS’

Iran’s Assad Regime The Pitfalls of Relying on Kurdish Forces to Counter ISIS_ Both studies were produced by the Institute For The Study Of War; and can be accessed at the links provided above.  V/R, RCP

The Colonels Shaping Trump’s Middle East Policy

Excerpt: These are “not guys who stopped paying attention to the Middle East when Obama came into office,” Pollack said. “They are well aware that Iran-backed militias are not attacking the US [in Iraq]. That is not lost on midlevel officers.” The issue, Pollack said, is how much influence they will have. “These are really […]

What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen In The First Place?

Excerpt: What explains the exceedingly modest payoff that America gets for the $600 billion-plus dollars that congress annually funnels to the Pentagon? It’s ludicrous to suggest, as Exum does, that the problem lies with timid and slow-moving civilian officials who have “denied subordinate commanders the flexibility to exploit opportunities they saw on the battlefield.” No, the […]

Why A Navy SEAL Raid On al-Qaeda Enraged Yemenis

Excerpt: The rebuke to the US and the subsequent walking back may have been more theatrical than substantive. President Hadi has little influence in his own country. A northern Yemeni militant group, the Houthis, drove Hadi from power when they took over Yemen’s capital city Sanaa in an unchallenged military takeover in late 2014. By […]

Misplaced Blame On Trump For Yemen Raid Ignores Deeper Problems

Misplaced Blame On Trump For Yemen Raid Ignores Deeper Problems The Hill · by Christopher D. Kolenda, opinion contributor · February 2, 2017 Some U.S. military officials, Reuters reports, blame President Trump for approving a military raid “without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.” This is wrong headed, potentially damaging to civil-military relations, and masks deeper […]

The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen

  IISS Strategic Comments r The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen The formation of a large coalition by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to intervene in Yemen reflects both precedent and strong motivation. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have long been involved in Yemen. In the 1960s, the Saudis fought a brutal war […]

Just A Quick Point On The Yemen Mission & Operating Targeted Drone Operations Out Of Djibouti

Just A Quick Point On The Yemen Mission & Operating Targeted Drone Operations Out Of Djibouti http://www.fortunascorner.com      It is certainly no secret that the U.S. military is operating drone operations out of Djibouti — so, the U.S. presence there is and no doubt has been on the terrorist radar screen. But, with the […]

SECDEF Mattis May Need To Imitate Former SECDEF Bob Gates; And Tell These Defense Officials To ‘Shut the f… up!” Were The Operational Details Of The U.S. Special Forces Raid In Yemen Leaked? al-Qaeda Fighters In Yemen, Were Heavily Armed & ‘Knew U.S. Troops Were Coming’

SECDEF Mattis May Need To Imitate Former SECDEF Bob Gates; And Tell These Defense Officials To ‘Shut the f… up!” Were The Operational Details Of The U.S. Special Forces Raid In Yemen Leaked?  al-Qaeda Fighters In Yemen, Were Heavily Armed & ‘Knew U.S. Troops Were Coming’    www.fortunascorner.com       That’s the question Abigail Miller […]