Opinion – In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – Editorial – NYT

Here’s an outstanding, must-read editorial from the NYT, highlighting how Trump has contributed to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Trump’s simplistic knee-jerk tweets highlight that he’s a weak president with a big ego. US foreign policy is confused. With ‘America First’, is the US abandoning its role as the world’s policeman and defendor of freedom? Firstly in Iraq and then by attacking ISIS, the US missed the strategic objectives. On Trump’s watch, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia’s are testing Trump’s resolve. History has shown us, time and time again, that US bombing is not enough. Surely, it’s time for the US Congress to demand a strategic approach to foreign policy that is in harness with America’s major allies? Thoughts?

Opinion – The United States and Turkey should fix their relationship – Brookings

Here’s a strongly recommended read from international think-tank, the Brookings Institute. As I read the article, I thought that once again, US foreign policy has missed the strategic objective. Like Iraq, US involvement in Syria has been enormously costly but the end-game is far from clear. For a while, Russia looked to be out-foxing the US but the real strategic winner in the Middle East seems to be Iran. Turkey’s continued   strategic importance to the US is questionable and probably directly proportional to Turkey’s capacity to curtail Iran’s geopolitical influence. Thoughts?