Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf

If you've followed my work for the past year you know that my default position has been there is a potential Grand Bargain for Peace in the Middle East.  From the moment President Trump first berated the Arabs in Riyidh last year on his first foreign trip for supporting terrorism, I've felt that the final outcome … Continue reading Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf

Will Trump Ever Learn to Not Play Chess Against Persians

In all of my discussions of geopolitics, whenever someone begins to bring up Iran as a bunch of savages, parroting the neocon talking point, I remind them that they are Persians. And the Persians invented chess. Lumping Iran in with the dregs of the Arab world – ISIS, al-Qaeda, etc. – is not only ignorant … Continue reading Will Trump Ever Learn to Not Play Chess Against Persians

Iraq Declares Independence from U.S. Deep State

Earlier in the week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the government of Iraq to expel all Iranian military forces from the country now that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been dealt with. Given that it was Iranian militia and Revolutionary Guard units and officers that helped in the victory over ISIS, the demand from … Continue reading Iraq Declares Independence from U.S. Deep State