Ilhan Omar: Anatomy of a Smear

by Mitchell Plitnick Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are escalating. The big splash over the weekend came when a poster appeared in a display case at the West Virginia state capitol during Republican Party Day. It was an image… Continue Reading  

Large Payments to Bolton Might Explain His UANI Tweet

by Eli Clifton You’d think that National Security Advisor John Bolton would have plenty on his plate on the Saturday before President Donald Trump’s high-stakes Hanoi summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. There’s also the matter of heightening… Continue Reading  

Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Denial

by Mitchell Plitnick Discussing the role of the pro-Israel lobby in forming US Middle East policy is perilous. I’ve heard hundreds of stories from fellow advocates, colleagues on Capitol Hill, and journalists who have learned that lesson the hard way.… Continue Reading  

War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely

by Jim Lobe and Ben Armbruster Donald Trump’s domestic troubles, combined with the current makeup of his foreign policy team, provide a confluence of circumstances, perhaps a perfect storm, to pull the United States into a war with Iran. Indeed,… Continue Reading  

Trump on Iran: A Lie That May Lead to War

by Paul R. Pillar On the first work day of the new year, President Trump held a cabinet meeting that was open to the press and consisted mostly of a rambling monologue by the president about border walls and assorted… Continue Reading