Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited several of America's Middle Eastern partners last week-including a dubious one. Qatar hosts an important air base but also undermines American security by sponsoring Islamic radicalism.
The headlines confirm Iraq and Syria remain the current center of gravity in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against ISIS. Yet, even as the group’s core territory constricts, the coalition still will need to neutralize ISIS combatants wherever they are and halt the spread of their dangerous ideology. American officials designing this larger campaign are looking to Jordan as a key contributor.
A year ago, West Point graduate and combat veteran Taylor Force was stabbed to death by a young Palestinian who also wounded 12 others in an attack on tourists in Israel. It is tragic and ironic that Taylor risked his life serving the United States in combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, only to be senselessly killed as a civilian. Sadly, he joined a long list of Americans killed in Palestinian attacks over the years. The Senate recently reintroduced legislation bearing his name - the Taylor Force Act - to help protect Americans, Israelis and other innocent victims from his fate. Congress must pass the Taylor Force Act.
The failures found in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014 illustrate that in war, nothing is as important as the proper division of roles. The IDF should stay out of politics, and the cabinet should refrain from tactical planning.
McMaster, President Trump’s newly appointed National Security Advisor, must ensure the new administration reverses a decades-old pattern of neglecting Iran’s nuclear-capable cruise missile capabilities and their importance to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The White House had no trouble marshaling evidence for its decision to put Iran “on notice” last month but then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn failed to mention an Iranian nuclear capable cruise missile test earlier that week.
Speaking during an event hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and United Against Nuclear Iran, Bolton said that the deal could collapse if Iran backs out in response to punitive measures.
Michael Makovsky of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) argues in an email to Right Turn that "We should threaten to shoot them down, especially if they leave their borders, and we should construct a regional defense shield."
President Barack Obama eroded the U.S.'s superpower status and is leaving behind a far more dangerous world than the one he inherited. A Trump administration gives Israel reason to be optimistic, although we must remember he is a very shrewd businessman.