Syria

Trump’s Quiet Live-Fire Confrontation With Iran

U.S. forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria at least three times since May. Three of the incidents took place at al-Tanf, a remote desert outpost near the point where the Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian borders meet.

Trump and Putin Finally Meet: Is Reconciliation in the Air?

Washington needs to restore a working relationship with Moscow on multiple issues. That doesn’t mean trusting Vladimir Putin. It does mean making policy in accord with the way the world is, not the way we wish it was.

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.

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If America has decided to use its air power to shoot down Syrian planes attacking rebels we support, this could lead to a confrontation with Russia and a broader, more dangerous, and deadly war for the United States. How would we win such a war, without massive intervention? Is this where we are headed? Is this where we want to go?

Escalation? U.S. Marine Jet Downs Syrian Plane

Does the shooting down of the Syrian plane represent a dangerous “escalation” of America’s involvement in the Syrian civil war? So far, conservatives seem to be breaking against deepening American involvement in the Syrian civil war. Please tell us what you think by using the comments to register your opinion.

How Hillary Clinton Killed 22 Kids In The Manchester Concert Bombing

Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated the bomb that killed 22 at the Manchester concert and maimed dozens more, however, in creating an ungoverned space in Libya and Syria and, loosing Islamism from the suppression of secularists like Muamar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad, Hillary Clinton is just as guilty of the deaths.

President Trump’s Christian Pilgrimage

With Christians around the world under attack as never before, and some of Christianity’s most ancient congregations in danger of extinction, we hope President Trump’s visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher will mark the renewal of America's long commitment to protecting persecuted Christians.

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 Latest Alinskyite Attacks On Trump Staffer Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian Gorka’s real sin isn’t anti-Semitism or self-promotion – it is understanding and, through his writing and media appearances, showing a bright light on what we call the Red – Green Axis; the alliance between Islamists, especially those aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, and Democrats.

What Happens to Christians There Will Come Here

Here in America our church and political leaders, such as Speaker Paul Ryan and the hierarchy of Washington’s Episcopal National Cathedral, are not just allowing, but encouraging the same kind of Muslim invasion that is extinguishing European Christianity.

War Cries vs. ‘America First’

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The promise of a Trump presidency—that we would start looking out for our own country and own national interests first and let the rest of the world solve, or fail to solve, its own problems—appears, not 100 days in, to have been a mirage. Will more wars make America great again?

How Is Attacking Syria an ‘America First’ Policy Objective?

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Trump explained his flip-flop: “I now have responsibility for Syria.” But that’s what one would expect the politicians he defeated to say. President Trump should recognize that he was elected as steward of the American republic and its people. To fulfill that responsibility, he should keep the United States out of the Syrian Civil War.

Is Trump Joining the War Party?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

As in most wars, the first shots fired receive the loudest cheers. But if the president has thrown in with the neocons and War Party, and we are plunging back into the Mideast maelstrom, Trump should know that many of those who helped to nominate and elect him—to keep us out of unnecessary wars—may not be standing by him.

US Should Stay Out of Syria

Daniel Mitchell, CNS News

Nobody is claiming that America’s national interests are being threatened in Syria. Instead, the case for intervention is that Assad is a bad dictator who is doing bad things. But if that’s the criteria for intervention, why aren’t we bombing China, Venezuela, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the Central African Republic?

After Syrian Gassing, Trump Must Expose the Iran Deal

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Trump administration should expose this deal in its entirety to public view now.  If that means Iran pulls out of the agreement -- as they have warned -- so be it.  The transparency is worth whatever minimal insurance against a nuclear-armed Iran might be inherent in these evanescent documents.

The Trump Evolution

Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator

The change in Trump’s Syrian position would be less remarkable were it not for its being one of many recent changes in Trumpworld and an increasing separation between the president’s current actions and his campaign rhetoric. Not even three months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the administration seems to be a very different creature from what it was on Inauguration Day, or from what it promised to be three months before that. And that’s probably a good thing.

America can't save Syria. And it shouldn't try.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week

Whenever our policymakers and hawks see another horrifying image from rebel territory in Syria, they'll remind us about the great nobility of their intentions, and the stubbornness of the American and British publics that stood in their way. Their self-regard is yet another propaganda image, and it should be discounted accordingly.

U.S. Should Favor Most Vulnerable Religious Refugees

Religions are not equal when it comes to evaluating refugees. There are non-sectarian reasons to favor members of minority faiths, especially in the Middle East where religious minorities have suffered disproportionately.

Tillerson Confirmed As Secretary Of State – Time To Clean House At Foggy Bottom

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first order of business at the State Department should be to eliminate the Fifth Column in his own building by showing the door to the signers of a letter criticizing President Trump’s Executive Order pausing travel from terrorist hotspots to the United States.