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Trump’s Iran Fantasy Risks American Power

This piece was originally published in the Kentucky Standard at the following link: http://www.kystandard.com/content/opinion-trump%E2%80%99s-iran-fantasy-risks-american-power “Diplomacy takes place in reality,” wrote Roger Cohen in a recent column for the New York Times. He was writing about President Trump’s Fantasy Land diplomatic approach with Iran. On Friday, Trump pledged to not certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint […]

Two Things We Learned from Last Week

It was tough to narrow down to two the lessons learned from events in the Middle East last week. But there were two things that kept standing out. The first comes from testimony regarding proposed new sanctions on Iran before the Senate Banking Committee last Monday. The committee was briefed by Obama Administration officials and […]

End of Syrian Conflict Depends on US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

For the last three years, I’ve said, in private discussions, that the Syrian conflict won’t be solved until the US and Iran come to some sort of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. It looks like one is just over the horizon–but also far enough away that it still may not happen. There are, however, bogey’s […]

Rand Paul Continues His Embrace of Neo-Conservative Policies

In August, I wrote a column raising concerns about Rand Paul–a self-styled, pro-markets, anti-intervention libertarian who for many conservatives represents the only hope for a departure from the neoconservative hijacking of his party. My concern was that Paul appeared to be flirting with his party’s neoconservative side by flip flopping on Iran. He wrote me […]

Is Rand Paul Going Neocon on Iran?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-shams/is-rand-paul-going-neocon_b_3784998.html This article originally appeared in Huffington Post. Two years ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), after giving a foreign policy speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Service, said, “Iran has a large undercurrent of people who like the West. They like our music, our culture, our literature, and so I think we can influence […]

US House Doesn’t Care About Diplomacy

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that further curtailed Iranian economic activity. These new sanctions seek to cut off Iran from selling its oil abroad. This year alone exports have dropped by 50 percent due in large part to sanctions already in place. The measure still has to pass the Senate, however. And […]

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