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The Middle East: Terrorism Forever? By Bing West

Bing West is always worth reading.  RCP, fortunascorner The Middle East: Terrorism Forever? By Bing West, www.hoover.org View Original July 26th, 2017 Image credit: Poster Collection, US3425, Hoover Institution Archives. The short response is yes. Crime forever? Also, yes. Turbulence, terror, pestilence, famine, love, procreation, taxes, families, sunsets, rain, shine, etc.—all are components of the human condition. […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]

Four Arab Nations Sever Diplomatic Ties With Qatar, Exposing Rift In Region

Of note, the 5, worst of the worst of the GTMO detainees were sent to Qatar as part of the Berghdal release.  RCP Four Arab Nations Sever Diplomatic Ties With Qatar, Exposing Rift In Region By Kareem Fahim, www.washingtonpost.com View Original June 5th, 2003 Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, left, talks to Sheikh Mohammed bin […]

Full Speech: POTUS Trump Address In Saudi Arabia

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH IN SAUDI ARABIA http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/334454-full-speech-president-donald-trump-address-in-saudi FULL SPEECH: President Donald Trump address in Saudi Arabia BY THE HILL STAFF – 05/21/17 12:00 PM EDT 32 26 181   Autoplay: On | Off I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received […]

Trump To Unveil Plans For An ‘Arab NATO’ In Saudi Arabia

Trump To Unveil Plans For An ‘Arab NATO’ In Saudi Arabia By Josh Rogin, www.washingtonpost.com View Original May 17th, 2017 President Trump meets with Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office on March 14. Photo by: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out […]

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 […]