All of the little announcements coming from around the world, especially from Syria, leads me to the overwhelming conclusion that President Trump has finally won some major battles within his White House to begin reshaping U.S. foreign policy. This will take on even greater significance over the next ten days as the NATO Summit and … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Trump and Putin Building the Grand Bargain in the Middle East?
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
Building on yesterday's blog I covered a number of the reasons why I feel when President Trump and Russian President sit down to talk they should focus their attention on solving the ever-complicating problem in Syria, Over the weekend I wrote up my initial thoughts on this for an article published this morning by Strategic … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Putin/Trump Summit Should be About Syria
The more I think about a Trump-Putin summit, the more I believe that it should focus on Syria. If reports this morning are true (which they likely are not), that Trump doesn't want to run in 2020 but would rather get the job done, whatever that means, in one term, then this is absolutely the … Continue reading Pre-Putin Summit Positioning? U.S. Leaves Syrian Rebels Out to Hang
It looks like we are entering the end of Merkel-ism in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is approaching her final days in that position. Be it next week or the end of this year, we are looking at unprecedented change in European politics thanks to Merkel's insistence on taking in millions of Syrian and North … Continue reading Merkel’s Troubles Began in Syria and End in Italy
The short answer for me about the Iran Nuclear Deal is that I don't have an opinion on it as being either good or bad. It's why I spoke so little about it. To me the whole thing seemed like a big show between two sides not willing to give up anything of value to … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Trump Ditches JCPOA, What’s Next?
“We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost.” – Rush, “Bravado” Donald Trump is set to kill the JCPOA or Iran Nuclear Deal and spark a major reset of foreign relations. Is this a mistake or the right course of action? That depends on your perspective. It depends on whether you … Continue reading Will Trump Pay the Price for What He Wants from Iran?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just wasted 30 minutes telling the world what we already knew about Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon. And that this justifies every action they and the U.S. takes in their quest to stop this from occurring. The narrative has been spun up today is that time has run out for … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Israel Amps Up the Anti-Iran Rhetoric, Saudis Go Full Disinformation