Opinion – US Sec of State Pompeo starts MidEast tour with call for new Iran sanctions – Jerusalem Post

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.

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?