Might a Beleaguered Trump Go to War…Against Iran?

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by Jim Lobe Let’s assume for a minute—and it’s a perfectly reasonable assumption under the circumstances—that President Trump’s political problems and popularity only get worse over the next months, both before and after the elections. What with anonymous “senior officials,”… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Energy Offensive Against Iran: An Expert Analysis

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by Jim Lobe The Trump administration has “gone nuclear” in reportedly demanding that all of Iran’s current oil consumers completely eliminate imports of Iranian imports by November 4. This comes in the wake of the OPEC meeting in which, apparently under… Continue Reading  

Is GOP Mideast Policy “Bought and Paid for” by Likudist Republican Group?

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by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton Mega-billionaire and the Trump campaign’s single biggest donor Sheldon Adelson has pledged to contribute $30 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) Super PAC to defend the Republican majority in the House of Representatives… Continue Reading  

Even Bill Kristol is Worried About Bolton

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by Jim Lobe Bill Kristol was not altogether pleased with with last week’s announcement of the appointment of John Bolton as Donald Trump’s next national security advisor. Indeed, Kristol, who remains probably the single most influential figure in the increasingly… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Springtime for Irano/Islamophobes

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by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton “Great news for the Republic!” tweeted Sebastian Gorka, on hearing the news that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Gorka, who was forced to resign from his position as… Continue Reading