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It would be a tragedy, or worse, a mistake if the only antidote to President Trump’s Middle East policy is a retreat to the magical thinking which has animated so much of America’s moment in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War.
Ostensibly undertaken to rid the capital of militias, the campaign by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army was in fact a baldfaced grab for power and wealth.
The representation of religion in mainstream media often leaves a great deal to be desired. When it comes to Islam, it is often abysmal.
The fact that the NATO summit shared half a split screen with the Congressional impeachment inquiry hearings only tethered the NATO event more closely to President Trump’s personal needs and politics and ensured it would be all about him.
Paradoxically, Netanyahu’s replacement by a less contentious and more reasonable prime minister may well ensure that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains more about managing a process than securing a peace.