JOE BIDEN/MIDDLE EAST/UKRAINE: “Crooked Joe Biden is the Insurrectionist because he let millions of unknown people come recklessly and unchecked through our insane “Open” Border, let a war begin in the Middle East and Ukraine, Weaponized our DOJ & FBI, SURRENDERED in Afghanistan when we could have left with dignity and strength – the most […]

Read More… from 12/20/2023


BUSH [W.]/MIDDLE EAST/TERRORISM: “So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the ‘right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right […]

Read More… from 9/13/2021


ISIS/MIDDLE EAST: “We obliterated the ISIS caliphate and ended the wretched life of its founder and leader, al Baghdadi. We stood up to the oppressive Iranian regime and killed the world’s top terrorist, Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani. We recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. As a […]

Read More… from 1/19/2021


JARED KUSHNER/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I want to give the very special thank you also to Jared Kushner, who is in the process of negotiating a little thing called peace in the Middle East. Great guy. Great guy. They like that. They like the sound. Peace in the Middle East without blood all over the sand, […]

Read More… from 11/2/2020


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/PENNSYLVANIA/TERRORISM/VA/WAR: “We invested $2.5 TRILLION in the Military and we saved the Philly Shipyard. We passed VA Choice and VA Accountability. [Iraqi terrorist Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi and [Iranian major general Qasem] Soleimani are DEAD. I withdrew from the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal—and instead of endless war, we are forging PEACE in the Middle East!“ […]

Read More… from 10/31/2020


AWARDS/MIDDLE EAST: “And instead of these — instead of these endless wars, we’re forging peace in the Middle East and peace without blood all over the sand and you see what’s happening. In fact, a point that they didn’t report, I — I’ve been I guess three or four maybe now, Nobel Peace Prizes [nominations], […]

Read More… from 10/12/2020


AWARDS/ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST: “I kept my promise recognized the true capital of Israel, and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. I also recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and instead of endless wars, we are forging peace in the Middle East. And I was nominated for three Nobel Prizes and I didn’t get one story. […]

Read More… from 9/30/2020


MIDDLE EAST: “But we’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly [in the peace deal], and we’re already talking to them. And they want to see peace. You know, they’ve been fighting for a long time. They’re tired. They’re warring countries, but they’re tired. They’re tired of fighting. And so you’re […]

Read More… from 9/15/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. Congratulations to the people of Israel, the people of the United Arab Emirates, and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain. God Bless You All!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 15, 2020 11:01 am […]

Read More… from 9/15/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “HISTORIC day for PEACE in the Middle East — I am welcoming leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain to the White House to sign landmark deals that no one thought was possible. MORE countries to follow!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 15, 2020 6:05 am […]

Read More… from 9/15/2020


IRAN/JOE BIDEN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Donald Trump ran for President, he promised a ‘better deal’ to constrain Iran’s nuclear program and pledged to pressure Tehran into curbing its aggressive behavior across the Middle East. Like so many of President Trump’s promises, these proved to be just empty words. Instead, he recklessly tossed away a […]

Read More… from 9/13/2020


MIDDLE EAST: “Sometimes you do have to go in and rough it up and mix it up, so to speak, and then all of a sudden you come out with something that could be very beautiful, but we never got there. We never got – we never had the people. We never had the talent […]

Read More… from 9/10/2020


MIDDLE EAST: “We’re trying to help the Middle East. That is – it’s a very difficult place, as you know. It’s been – tremendous treasure has been spent there, but our greatest treasure of all are the lives and the lives of both sides and all sides because so many different countries have been involved […]

Read More… from 9/10/2020


ENERGY/MIDDLE EAST/OIL: “We have these massive plants and they are not going to run by wind. And they’re not going to run by solar at this point, and maybe at no point. But we have natural gas, which is really very environmentally friendly. We have all sorts of things. We are the number one in […]

Read More… from 9/9/2020


ISRAEL/SERBIA/MIDDLE EAST: “Today, I am pleased to announce yet another historic commitment. Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization… We have also made additional progress on reaching peace in the Middle East. Kosovo and Israel have agreed to normalization of ties and the establishment of diplomatic relations. Serbia has committed to opening a […]

Read More… from 9/4/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/OBAMA: “Look what I did for Israel… But it’s amazing to me because nobody has been worse to Israel than President Obama and Biden… And they never moved the embassy to Jerusalem, thereby making Jerusalem the capital of Israel, which I did, and neither did any other president… And the pressure — and I […]

Read More… from 8/21/2020


IRAQ/MIDDLE EAST: “We’re largely out of Iraq. We’re down to a very few soldiers. I said we’re getting out of these endless wars — these ridiculous, endless wars. We should have never been there in the first place. I think it was the worst decision made in the history of our country. Should have never […]

Read More… from 8/19/2020


ISRAEL/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/MIDDLE EAST/OBAMA/UAE: “If Obama did this, they would speak of nothing else. Biden could NEVER do it! RT @SteveGuest MSNBC, CNN mostly ignore Trump’s major Israel-UAE peace deal during prime time ‘No mention of the major Middle East peace deal on MSNBC’s ‘All In with Chris Hayes,’ …, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ and ‘The […]

Read More… from 8/15/2020


MIDDLE EAST/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Remember, when I was elected, they said the war will start with somebody within days, and I’ve kept us out of war. You look at North Korea. Everybody said, including President Obama, that’s the biggest problem. Everybody said you’d be at war. Well, we’re not at war. It would have […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates — where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement. Everybody said this would be impossible… After 49 years, Israel and […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates… This normalization of relations and peaceful diplomacy […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ISRAEL/JOE BIDEN/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “Today, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East. The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship. And it is a critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


MIDDLE EAST/RELIGION: “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — and it’s — it’s disgraceful. It’s disgraceful. You’re right… And as countries come in — for instance, UAE has agreed very strongly to represent us; I think they will very well with respect to Christianity, because in the Middle East, it’s not treated […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “We finalized a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates… The deal that was reached today will enable Muslims to have far greater ability to visit many historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is very important to them, which they’ve wanted to have […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/UAE: “Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1293922803419353088/photo/1″ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 13, 2020 4:50 am […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


ASSASSINATION/DEMS/FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The American strike in Baghdad that killed the Iranian general Qassim Suleimani thrust foreign policy to the center of the Democratic presidential race, drawing expressions of grave concern from the leading candidates and stoking a new debate in the party about the American military presence in the Middle East. The […]

Read More… from 1/3/2020


ASSASSINATION/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s decision to strike and kill the second most powerful official in Iran turns a slow-simmering conflict with Tehran into a boiling one, and is the riskiest move made by the United States in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The calculus was straightforward: Washington had […]

Read More… from 1/3/2020


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump toughened his rhetoric toward Iran on Tuesday [12-31-19], saying the country would ‘be held fully responsible’ for the attack by Iraqi demonstrators on the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad, an assault that Mr. Trump said was directed by Tehran…The growing crisis has strained Mr. Trump’s aversion to war […]

Read More… from 12/31/2019


AFGHANISTAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Tyler Wade was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in Afghanistan, and says he is ‘proud of everything’ he did during his service. He also believes the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were a mistake, as do a growing number of veterans — from retired generals to those who served across […]

Read More… from 11/1/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the ‘live’ version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 11:36 pm […]

Read More… from 10/30/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….COMING HOME! We were supposed to be there for 30 days – That was 10 years ago. When these pundit fools who have called the Middle East wrong for 20 years ask what we are getting out of the deal, I simply say, THE OIL, AND WE ARE BRINGING OUR SOLDIERS […]

Read More… from 10/25/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s ‘endless wars,’ fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign. No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as […]

Read More… from 10/21/2019


HOUSE OF REPS/MIDDLE EAST/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House on Wednesday [10-16-19] dealt a stinging bipartisan rebuke to President Trump for his decision to withdraw American forces just inside Syria’s border, registering overwhelming opposition in Congress to a move that has thrown the region into bloody chaos and unraveled Middle East policy. In a rare break […]

Read More… from 10/16/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change. Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East Wars are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made. Why are they not asking for a Declaration […]

Read More… from 10/13/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The same people that got us into the Middle East Quicksand, 8 Trillion Dollars and many thousands of lives (and millions of lives when you count the other side), are now fighting to keep us there. Don’t listen to people that haven’t got a clue. They have proven to be inept!” […]

Read More… from 10/12/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE…..” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 9, […]

Read More… from 10/9/2019


ISIS/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending! https://t.co/Fbcem9i55Z” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 10/9/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/KURDS/MIDDLE EAST/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Trump threw Middle East policy into turmoil on Monday [10-7-19] with a series of conflicting signals after his vow to withdraw American forces from the region touched off an uprising among congressional Republicans and protests by America’s allies. Defending his decision to clear the way for a Turkish military […]

Read More… from 10/7/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/KURDS/MIDDLE EAST/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Trump threw Middle East policy into turmoil on Monday [10-7-19] with a series of conflicting signals after his vow to withdraw American forces from the region touched off an uprising among congressional Republicans and protests by America’s allies. Defending his decision to clear the way for a Turkish military […]

Read More… from 10/7/2019


IRAN/IRAQ/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It took less than a day after major Saudi oil facilities came under attack this weekend for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to blame Iran directly. The swiftness of the judgment raised eyebrows in Washington and around the world, triggering immediate comparisons to the run-up to the Iraq War in […]

Read More… from 9/18/2019


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Donald Trump decides whether to strike Iran, the specter of his past military interventions is looming large over the choice before him now. Trump is reluctant to take military action in the Middle East because he wants to live up to his campaign vows to reduce foreign entanglements, according […]

Read More… from 9/17/2019


ENERGY/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Because we have done so well with Energy over the last few years (thank you, Mr. President!), we are a net Energy Exporter, & now the Number One Energy Producer in the World. We don’t need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, & in fact have very few tankers there, but will […]

Read More… from 9/16/2019


DHS/MIDDLE EAST/SANCTIONS/SECRETARY OF STATE/TERRORISM/TREASURY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/UN: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that it is necessary to consolidate and enhance sanctions to combat acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism by foreign terrorists, acts that are recognized and condemned in the above-referenced United Nations Security Council resolutions. Accordingly, I […]

Read More… from 9/10/2019


ISRAEL/JARED KUSHNER/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump’s special envoy for Middle East peace, Jason Greenblatt, will leave the administration, according to a senior Trump official, raising new questions about a long-delayed plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Greenblatt has worked closely since early 2017 with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to design […]

Read More… from 9/5/2019


ETHICS/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State officials to help land a $250 million investment […]

Read More… from 8/13/2019


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. forces downed an Iranian drone that approached a Navy warship in the Middle East on Thursday [7-18-19], stoking fears that the two countries will fall into a military confrontation even as they both seek diplomatic openings with each other. President Donald Trump said the unmanned aircraft ‘had closed into a […]

Read More… from 7/18/2019


IMMIGRATION/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SECRETARY OF STATE/TERRORISM/TREASURY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, in light of the actions of the Government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taken to […]

Read More… from 6/24/2019


CONGRESS/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East. Now they are Bust!….”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 21, 2019 […]

Read More… from 6/21/2019


EU/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is at a make-or-break moment with Iran. Tehran said Monday [6-17-19] it will soon take steps that likely violate the 2015 nuclear deal Trump himself abandoned, an announcement that came just days after the U.S. accused the Islamist-led country of sabotaging international oil tankers. The Pentagon announced Monday […]

Read More… from 6/17/2019


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It’s the Middle East arms race that many people don’t want to talk about. The White House may be preoccupied with Iran’s past pursuit of nuclear weapons and its present strategic status in the region. But simmering nearby is another rapid militarization, conducted by a favored family of the White House, […]

Read More… from 6/7/2019


EU/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and his aides have sent a dizzying, seemingly conflicting set of messages to Iran in recent weeks, ordering more troops to the Middle East and a carrier to the Arabian Sea as military threats even while declaring that Washington is seeking new negotiations, not war. European allies, still trying […]

Read More… from 6/7/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Thursday [5-23-19] that he had not yet decided whether to deploy additional troops to the Middle East to provide protection for American military personnel already there, but would consider options presented by the Pentagon. The president’s comments, during a farm aid event at the White House, came […]

Read More… from 5/23/2019


CONGRESS/GUNS/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars of munitions that are now on hold, according to current and former American officials and legislators familiar with the plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

Read More… from 5/23/2019


INTELLIGENCE/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Pentagon will deploy a Patriot antimissile battery to the Middle East to shore up defenses against Iranian threats, part of a series of carefully calibrated deployments intended to deter attacks by Iranian forces or their proxies, Pentagon officials said on Friday [5-10-19]. A single Patriot antimissile battery will return to […]

Read More… from 5/10/2019


IMMIGRATION/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/NUKES/SANCTIONS/SECRETARY OF STATE/TERRORISM/TREASURY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that: It remains the policy of the United States to deny Iran all paths to both a nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and to counter the totality of Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East. It […]

Read More… from 5/8/2019


IRAQ/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning visit to Baghdad on Tuesday [5-7-19] to show U.S. support for the Iraqi government as Washington steps up warnings to Iran against any action against American interests in the Middle East. The unannounced trip began and ended after nightfall and under heavy security. […]

Read More… from 5/7/2019


IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has moved closer to a military conflict with Iran than at any time in his presidency, redirecting warships to the Middle East to respond to what officials said Monday [5-6-19] are heightened Iranian threats to U.S. troops and facilities. The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier is headed to […]

Read More… from 5/6/2019


ELECTION/ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [4-10-19] predicted that his administration’s goal of bringing peace to the Middle East has a better shot at success now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely going to be reelected. Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump congratulated one […]

Read More… from 4/10/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @USAmbIsrael: With @LindseyGrahamSC today touring a Gaza terror tunnel. Cost of tunnel = cost of 2 new schools = cost of 30 new homes. #…”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 10, 2019 8:53 pm […]

Read More… from 3/10/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [3-6-19] the United States is holding negotiations to try to win the release of U.S. hostages held abroad, but he declined to say in what countries. Trump made the remark at a White House event welcoming Danny Burch, an oil engineer who Trump said […]

Read More… from 3/6/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [3-6-19] weakened a rule that required the government to annually make public its estimates of civilian bystanders killed in airstrikes outside conventional war zones — increasing the secrecy that cloaks one of the most contentious aspects of the fight against terrorists. In an executive order, Mr. Trump revoked […]

Read More… from 3/6/2019


JARED KUCHNER/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed his Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday [2-27-19], and the two also discussed increasing U.S.-Turkish cooperation and ways to boost economic conditions in the region. Kushner, who has responsibility for Washington’s Israel-Palestinian policy, has said the peace plan will address […]

Read More… from 2/27/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It is my honor today to announce that Danny Burch, a United States citizen who has been held hostage in Yemen for 18 months, has been recovered and reunited with his wife and children. I appreciate the support of the United Arab Emirates in bringing Danny home…” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February […]

Read More… from 2/25/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…Danny’s recovery reflects the best of what the United States & its partners can accomplish. We work every day to bring Americans home. We maintain constant and intensive diplomatic, intelligence, and law enforcement cooperation within the United States Government and with…” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 25, 2019 2:08 pm […]

Read More… from 2/25/2019


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…our foreign partners. Recovering American hostages is a priority of my Admin, and with Danny’s release, we have now secured freedom for 20 American captives since my election victory. We will not rest as we continue our work to bring the remaining American hostages back home!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 25, […]

Read More… from 2/25/2019


MIDDLE EAST/NUCLEAR/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top Trump administration officials advocated for a plan to build dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia despite warnings that the move could pose ethical concerns and violate federal law, according to a report released by House Democrats. The 24-page report was compiled for the House Committee on Oversight […]

Read More… from 2/19/2019


GOP/LEGISLATION/MIDDLE EAST/SENATE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republican-led Senate approved legislation Tuesday [2-5-19] that sharply criticizes President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The bill also includes a controversial provision that would allow local governments to penalize businesses or individuals engaged in anti-Israel boycotts. Supporters of the boycott provision said it’s needed […]

Read More… from 2/5/2019


INTELLIGENCE/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 1/30/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My former boss, Secretary of State George Shultz, used to say that when an administration didn’t have a policy on a certain issue, the temptation always grew to give a speech instead. Judging by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s sweeping Cairo speech on Thursday [1-7-19], clearly that’s not the case […]

Read More… from 1/11/2019


MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/OBAMA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a major speech outlining the Trump administration’s Middle East policy on Thursday [1-10-19] that took aim at two of the Trump administration’s main foes: President Barack Obama and the Iranian regime. In lengthy remarks at the American University in Cairo, the US’ top diplomat invoked […]

Read More… from 1/10/2019


GOVERNMENT/LEGISLATION/MIDDLE EAST/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Democrats blocked action on a bill unrelated to the ongoing government shutdown Tuesday [1-8-19], in protest of President Donald Trump’s demands to fund a controversial border wall with Mexico in exchange for reopening the agencies. The move escalated an already tense situation between the parties as Democrats weighed whether to […]

Read More… from 1/8/2019


ISIS/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Col. Jim Carafano on @IngrahamAngle ‘Trump has made the Middle East a better place. When Trump came into office, ISIS was running amuck in the Middle East. Over a million refugees poured into Western Europe – none of that is happening today. That’s all due to Trump.’” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December […]

Read More… from 12/20/2018


ISIS/MEDIA/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says, because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us. I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are […]

Read More… from 12/20/2018


MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight…..” -Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 12/20/2018


ISIS/MIDDLE EAST/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer. Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there work. Time to come home […]

Read More… from 12/20/2018


2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/MIDDLE EAST/PAC/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEFENSE/IMMIGRATION/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “More than 5,000 active-duty military troops will deploy to the southern border by the end of this week, Defense Department officials said on Monday [10-29-18], an escalation of a midterm election show of force against a caravan of Central American migrants that President Trump has characterized as an ‘invasion of […]

Read More… from 10/29/2018


BORDER/DHS/IMMIGRATION/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday [10-23-18] that he has ‘no proof’ for his claim that a migrant caravan approaching the U.S. southern border includes ‘Middle Easterners’ but suggested he could eventually back up the assertion. Pressed by reporters after signing a water bill alongside lawmakers in both parties, Trump said […]

Read More… from 10/23/2018


BORDER/IMMIGRATION/MIDDLE EAST/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Twitter on Monday [10-22-18], President Trump said that ‘unknown Middle Easterners’ had infiltrated the caravan. That and almost all of his other assertions were inaccurate, misleading or incomplete…There is no evidence that ‘unknown Middle Easterners’ have infiltrated the migrant caravan heading toward the United States’ southern border. Reporters with The […]

Read More… from 10/22/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/JARED KUSHNER/MEDIA/MIDDLE EAST/SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are learning that hyper-personalized family diplomacy and throwing in their lot with foreign strongmen can come at a damaging political price. The disappearance and possible murder of the US-based dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is primarily a […]

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MEDIA/MIDDLE EAST/SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul a little over a week ago and disappeared, leaders and media worldwide demanded the kingdom explain Turkish claims that the journalist had been killed by the Saudi government. The US initially stayed relatively quiet — but pressure for a more robust […]

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