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Category Archives: US Politics

Saudi Arabia and the United States: Elections Don’t Matter

Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo’s January 24, 2016 piece in the The New York Times is a great primer for anyone who believes the next U.S. President will take anti-Saudi action … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Politics: Jeb Bush Loses at CPAC and the Republican Party Should be Worried

As improbable as it sounds, the presidential election season has started and last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gave us a glimpse of individuals who will not be running … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Syria: Russia Outmaneuvers the United States but …

Yesterday’s news that the former Soviet Union and Syria had agreed to an off-hand proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry that Damascus turn over its chemical weapons to … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia: The Syria Bombing’s Biggest Benefactor and Beneficiary

Last week, I wrote a post on how it was unclear how Jordan would benefit from the US bombing Syria. Today, I want to focus on the one country that … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jordan: Unclear how US Bombing would Lessen Threat from Syria

One of the arguments being made by the US administration for intervention in Syria is that it will protect US allies and Syrian neighbors from Damascus and its dangerous agenda. … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Syria: Making the Case for US Intervention

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize the resolution for striking Syria today. The next step is for a full Senate vote that is expected to take place … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: Is Washington Preparing for Boots on the Ground or How Assad United the US Military and Al-Qaida

The Obama administration has asked the US Congress to authorize airstrikes on specific Syrian government targets because President Bashar al-Assad’s government “has crossed the redline” and used chemical weapons on … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 4 Comments