Trump’s tactics clearly leave the Kurdish forces in a weak position before the inevitable negotiation with Assad.
[W]hat somersaults the Trump team has to perform to escape the dangerous regional mess resulting from the gut instincts of their boss!
We can see Theodore Roosevelt’s old carrot and stick policy in action.
The secretary of defense attempted to convince the president right until the last minute.
The U.S. has tried to reduce oil prices by forcing Saudi Arabia to increase oil production ... and is now secretly using [the Jamal Khashoggi] incident to blackmail Saudi Arabia into achieving its goal.
The Saud dynasty’s intransigence with the opposition is notorious and the prosecution of several people happened under the complacent silence of their allies.
What has Ankara received in exchange for Brunson’s freedom?
Ankara is aware of the ulterior motive behind Washington’s Kurdish policy: The US wants to use the YPG as leverage to have a stronger negotiating position in the period that will see the transition to democracy in Syria.
[E}ach politician should consider the price that he will pay if he risks angering Trump.