Khashoggi Affair: Will US Now Put Its Interests First in Middle East?

Mike Pompeo in Riyadh (State Department)

by Robert E. Hunter Yesterday, President Donald Trump snapped back all sanctions on Iran that were removed as the U.S. part of the bargain under the July 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). That agreement… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi-gate Opportunity

Outside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (quetions123 via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The shock of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi is finally bringing U.S. Middle East policy out in the open, where it should be thoroughly examined for the first time in years. The United States first… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi-gate and U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

Jamal Khashoggi (HansMusa via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The October 2 kidnapping and probable execution of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues as the number one topic in the Western media. It is not just the grisly details emerging from Turkish… Continue Reading  

Trump at the UN: Through a Glass Darkly

Donald Trump at the UN (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter For decades, the United Nations General Assembly has been treated to annual sermons by the president of the United States. Almost all the world’s nations—outside the old Communist bloc—saw these sermons as demonstrating America’s leadership and… Continue Reading  

Washington Gets It Wrong in Middle East…Again

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl with members of the US-supported school parliament at the UNRWA Girls’ School in Jalazone refugee camp, West Bank, December 13, 2015. (Department of State).

by Robert E. Hunter By announcing this past week that it is cutting off all U.S. support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), the Trump administration knocked the props from… Continue Reading