With U.A.E. withdrawal from Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince could lose an ally (Axios)

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly withdrawing most of its forces from Yemen to defend its home front in the event of an Iran conflict — a move that could also improve its standing with U.S. lawmakers critical of the war in Yemen. The big picture: The U.A.E.’s withdrawal of troops could lead to de-escalation in Yemen, […]

The Road to Trump’s Face-off with Iran (The New Arab)

I was flying over the Strait of Hormuz when I first learned Iran had downed a US drone just 12 hours earlier. My Emirates Airlines 777 was on the final approach to Dubai and I had turned on the BBC World live feed to catch up on the news after the 14-hour flight from Seattle. The first thing […]

U.S.-Iran standoff perpetuates flaws of decades-old policies (Axios)

Current U.S. policy toward Iran has deepened the Middle East’s Sunni-Shia divide — embodied in the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran — and risks repeating the failures of successive U.S. administrations. Why it matters: American presidents have often tried to view the Middle East in overly black-and-white terms — from Reagan in Lebanon and […]

Middle East Heading for a New Cold War? (Arab News)

CAIRO, 20 January 2007 — Bush administration efforts to forge a US-Arab alliance against Iran are threatening to produce a new Middle East Cold War, with dangerous implications for regional stability, US interests and American lives.Condoleezza Rice was in the region this week to lay the foundations for a united front with key Arab states […]

The Middle East: It’s all just too darned complicated (Daily News Egypt/Turkish Daily News)

First Published: October 2, 2006 Memo: To Arabs and Muslims Re: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this […]

Future History: A Glimpse of What U.S. Lebanon Policy Could Spawn (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Thursday, August 3, 2006 by CommonDreams.org It is very likely that the world will look back at the summer of 2006 as a seminal moment in Middle East history. We may well be seeing, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, “the birth pangs of a new Middle East.” But it is also […]

The New Colonialism: Iraq, Iran and the American Regency (Progressive Populist)

(Note from the author: This article was published April 15, 2003 as U.S. forces invaded Iraq. As they withdraw, I thought it would be useful to look back). America is about to become a colonial power. That step will carry with it profound — and potentially disastrous — implications for our long-term relationship with the Islamic […]

Terry Anderson’s Four Years (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post, March 17, 1989 “It’s too bad about your friend,” Iran’s ambassador to Damascus nodded gravely. “He is innocent. They are all innocent as individuals. It is a very unfortunate situation.” The friend was Terry Anderson. The speaker was Ali Akhbar Mohtashami, the man U.S. intelligence claimed held the power of life and […]

Terry Anderson, Devalued (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 16, 1988 SINCE THE MORNING of March 16, 1985, when Terry Anderson, an Associated Press correspondent, was dragged from a car in West Beirut, his whole world has been a series of damp basements and cramped rooms. His companions have been a blindfold and a chain. Fear, loneliness and doubt […]

They remain the forgotten Americans (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 26, 1986 (LONDON) — IT’S HARD TO FIND mention in the European and American press of what the United States is doing to free its hostages who remain in Lebanon. The Reagan administration’s “quiet diplomacy” remains quiet. The forgotten Americans remain forgotten. Somewhere in Lebanon in the last few weeks, probably […]