The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with the backing of the United States, say the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-emerge as some of its followers were escaping from prisons.
Hussein IbishAny fool can see where this is heading and quickly
Hussein IbishI argue Trump’s decision to move troops out of Syria to make way for a Turkish attack on pro-US Kurdish forces cements America’s growing reputation in the Middle East for being unreliable, unpredictable and, increasingly, even weak.
If regime leaders in Tehran conclude they are dealing with a paper tiger, they will be making a grave miscalculation
Hussein IbishLeading from behind: Iran should beware of underestimating Donald Trump
My latest for @TheNationalUAE says that if leaders in Tehran conclude they are dealing with a paper tiger, they will be making a grave miscalculation
As a storm brews over an apparently doctored map showing the path of Hurricane Dorian, why can't the US president admit when he gets it wrong? asks Hussein Ibish
Hussein IbishTrump has amplified his attacks on the press, the FBI, Congress, courts, his own bureaucracy and, seemingly, anyone and anything that might provide an alternative source of authority and information.
"He has a family, owns a home, and has worked in local Baton Rouge industry for years," the lawsuit says.
Hussein IbishWhen he asked a sheriff's office employee why he was held so long, he was told the office contacts U.S. immigration officials about Latino arrestees "resulting in 'holds' on their release," the suit said.
If Trump’s enemies can prove he’s a ‘racist,’ he has to go away and never come back. Right?
Hussein IbishIn a preposterous oped, Barton Swaim of @WSJ equates noticing Trump’s blatant racism with the insane birtherism conspiracy theory (itself entirely racist) and says Trump lacks the consistency to be a racist. It’s a huge insult to our intelligence.
Why has such an old idea suddenly become new again? Because progressive government has failed to keep its promises and broken the people’s trust.
Hussein IbishH/T to the late Mary McCarthy, but everything in this mendacious screed is a lie including commas & periods. The “liberal beliefs” that are the basis of this crap are virtually unknown in mainstream US politics. It’s free-floating in an alternate reality.
Experts say Kushner team's reliance on images from projects the administration has defunded underlines that new plan's ideas are either pie-in-the-sky or have already been tried
Hussein IbishWhen Trump cut aid last year, the Parents Circle, bereaved Israeli & Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. So members were shocked to learn that the White House is now using the group’s photos in promotional materials for the US plan.
Hussein IbishThis is as bad as well-intentioned writing on the Middle East gets. It’s about an imaginary region, not the actual Middle East. When it’s occasionally correct, that’s accidental. It’s imaginary and imaginative and should have been considered unpublishable.
President Donald Trump had ordered a series of strikes against Iran in response to the downing of a state-of-the-art drone, but the military operation was called off while in its early stages on
Hussein IbishNewsweek has learned from a Pentagon official, however, that regional U.S. military assets, including the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, have been put on 72-hour standby.
It is time to judge Moscow on the nature and the impact of its actions and policies in the region
Hussein IbishWhy are so many Arabs giving Russia a pass on its mass murder in Syria while raging against Assad, Iran & Hezbollah? Some rational reasons. None close to good enough, I explain in @TheNationalUAE
Palestinians aren’t coming to Kushner’s Bahrain parley. Other Arabs are cynical. And who will speak for an Israel that can’t form a government?
Hussein IbishIt's past time to postpone this absurd conference and to shelve the entire misconceived Kushner project. Then the next US administration can try to undo the harm the Trump team has done. @jdgreenblatt45
The president directs his attorney general to declassify information—raising the prospect of selective disclosures.
Hussein IbishThe intelligence agencies found evidence that alarmed them enough about the campaign’s Russia connections to justify a request for warrants. A federal court reviewed that evidence and authorized and reauthorized it. Will that evidence be declassified?