Is Mike Pompeo as Islamophobic as His Spiritual Adviser?


by Eli Clifton An examination by LobeLog of statements and studies by Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo’s “spiritual adviser” reveals a deeply ingrained anti-Muslim theology coupled with a conviction that U.S. military engagement overseas is justified by nothing less than… Continue Reading  

Does the Road to De-Escalation in the Middle East Run through Baghdad?


by Eldar Mamedov When the neoconservative echo chamber in the US was selling the war in Iraq almost two decades ago, it promised that the “road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad.” This notion, of course, was… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Appointment Bodes Ill for the Middle East


by Emile Nakhleh Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure and his replacement—current CIA director Mike Pompeo—will not move the Middle East to a better place. Nor will the possible elevation of the current deputy director of the CIA Gina Haspel… Continue Reading  

The Most Important Hearings of the Young Century


by Lawrence Wilkerson On MSNBC’s “All In” on March 13, I discussed how the removal of Rex Tillerson from the position of secretary of state was the final triumph of largely Republican efforts—but with complicit Democrats as well—to consolidate the… Continue Reading  

Trump’s and Pompeo’s Path to Nuclear Crisis


by Paul R. Pillar The prospective replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo clears one of the last apparent hurdles between Donald Trump and his destruction of a significant diplomatic achievement that has been squarely in the interests of the… Continue Reading