The US has long been a lawless aggressor and a threat to peace, but in the past it at least tried to prettify its policies. By openly refusing to leave Iraq at the request of its government, Donald Trump has let the mask slip.
Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in the Middle East and American foreign policy.
Everything Donald Trump has done since taking office has brought the United States closer to war with Iran. The assassination of Qassem Soleimani pushes the United States even further down that catastrophic path.
Trump says he wants to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, yet he wrecked an international agreement that was doing just that. Now we're edging closer to a war that the US says it doesn’t want but is doing everything to cause.
The hawks in the Trump administration are raring to go to war with Iran. That would be so catastrophic it would make Iraq look quaint by comparison.
By pulling out of the Iran deal and reimposing sanctions, Trump has invented a crisis that could push the United States toward war.
The high-level purge in Saudi Arabia has more to do with consolidating power than fighting corruption.
Saudi Arabia has finally lifted its ban on women driving. But the repression at the core of the monarchy remains.