Trump’s Insincere Nowruz Message


by John Limbert Reading President Trump’s Iranian New Year’s (Nowruz) statement reminded me of what our granddaughter used to say when her diaper was full: “Yuck.” It is a strange message. The reader is left asking, “What’s the purpose?” Similar… Continue Reading  

Bolton: A Prime Mover Of The Iraq WMD Fiasco


by Greg Thielmann [Editor’s note: With the announcement that John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as Trump’s national security adviser, LobeLog is republishing an article authored by Greg Thielmann, a 25-year veteran of the Foreign Service who served two tours in the… Continue Reading  

John Bolton: The Essential Profile


by Mitchell Plitnick After weeks of rumors, President Donald Trump today replaced National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Many foreign policy analysts and advocates immediately expressed deep concern and dismay at Bolton’s appointment.

Avoiding Another Mistake in Lebanon


by Mitchell Plitnick No one has ever complained that the United States doesn’t pay enough attention to the Middle East. In recent years, however, one country that hasn’t gotten much attention in Washington is Lebanon. But on Tuesday, the Senate… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Middle East


by Richard Dalton President Trump has complained publicly that only cosmetic changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA also known more informally as the Iran nuclear deal) and some side agreements are being offered to him. As Mike… Continue Reading