Iran

A Free Kurdistan Is In America's Strategic Interest

An independent Kurdish state is in America’s strategic interest in our ongoing proxy war against Iran. Starting with diplomatic recognition and support we should be prepared to render whatever assistance is necessary to preserve Kurdish independence.

Interventionists leading Trump to the Rubicon

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Bottom line: The U.S. goal of crushing the ISIS caliphate is almost attained. But if our victory in the war against ISIS leaves Iran in the catbird seat in Baghdad and Damascus, and its corridor from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut secure, is that really a victory? Do we accept that outcome, pack up and go home? Or do we leave our forces in Syria and Iraq and defy any demand from Assad to vacate his country?

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?

Immigrant From Former Trump Travel Ban Country Shoots Up Tennessee Church

Vast numbers of Sudanese immigrants are on welfare and Sudan is so violent that the U.S. Embassy requires U.S. government personnel in Sudan to use armored vehicles for all travel, yet the country was inexplicably taken off the travel ban list.

If North Korea Has Miniature Nukes, So Does Iran

Given their history of cooperation on nuclear weapons and missile technology, and given that Iran and North Korea are the two countries most belligerent toward the United States, it is not unreasonable to conclude that if North Korea has a nuclear capable ICBM, so does Iran.

Vice President Pence versus President Trump on Foreign Policy

Washington should stop thinking of containment. Rather, the Trump administration should begin disengagement, devolving onto the Europeans responsibility for their defense.

President McMaster Purges Donald Trump’s People From The NSC

The NSC isn’t H.R. McMaster's to mold to his views; it is President Trump’s National Security Council and it should have Trump’s people, not McMaster's people, staffing it.

Shall We Fight Them All?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Among the reasons Trump routed his Republican rivals in 2016 is that he seemed to share an American desire to look homeward. Yet, today, our relations with China and Russia are as bad as they have been in decades, while there is open talk of war with Iran and North Korea. Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against?

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The Ayatollah’s regime, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia are deeply hostile to this country. But Iran does not want war with the United States — for the best of reasons. Iran would be smashed like Iraq, and its inevitable rise, as the largest and most advanced country on the Persian Gulf, would be aborted. President Trump is key. If he does the War Party’s bidding, that will be his legacy, as the Iraq War is the legacy of George W. Bush.

With New Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia Rewards Repression and Aggression

Although heralded as a “modernizer,” 31-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the architect of Riyadh’s disastrous attack on Yemen. Prince Salman’s recklessness is likely to draw the U.S. more deeply into destabilizing regional conflicts.

FLASH: Supreme Court Reinstates Trump Terrorist Travel ban

Today's Supreme Court ruling means that the administration may impose a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States, with certain exceptions noted by the court.

Madness on the Potomac: Trump Administration Joins the Syrian Civil War

During the campaign President Donald Trump had at least one very sensible foreign policy belief: the U.S. should stay out of purposeless wars in the Middle East. Now his appointees are dragging us deeper into the Syrian conflict.

Counterpoint: President Trump Should Stop Killing for Saudi Royals

Why is President Trump doubling down on an unnecessary Middle Eastern war on behalf of an authoritarian regime guilty of promoting Islamic radicalism? Washington should not sacrifice U.S. interests to benefit the Saudi royals.

The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Conundrum

Washington obviously can do little to “fix” any of these nations. But America could at least affirm the principle that governments should protect their people’s lives and dignity.