It’s ‘eyes’ right’ with Pompeo about to hit the ground running in the Middle East. Trump is getting his ducks in a row for a major policy initiative, with had a good visit with Macron and a more challenging meeting with Merkel.Theresa May seems to be dismissed and now attention is directed towards support in the Middle East. The second half of May could be bumpy.
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?