Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire … Continue reading Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

In 1989 Francis Fukayama declared that we had reached “The End of History.”  Democracy as a form of government would, in fact, be the end of the evolution of human interaction.  The West had triumphed and that the rest was ‘just a chase scene,’ to borrow a phrase from Neal Stephenson’s brilliant dystopian novel “Snow … Continue reading The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

Saudi Arabia’s Coup is the Geopolitical Feather in Trump and Putin’s Cap

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reign in Saudi Arabia has begun.  What started as a proverbial ‘Night of the Long Knives’ has become more like a week.  And it will likely stretch on far longer than that. His moves have been about much more than just consolidating the power handed to him by his Father … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Coup is the Geopolitical Feather in Trump and Putin’s Cap

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