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Why Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first foreign visit

Ali Shihabi, President Trump just announced that Saudi Arabia will be the first foreign country he visits as president, underscoring both the success of Saudi outreach to the new administration, and the determination of this President to recommit to the strategic alliance providing stability in an unstable region. The symbolism of this is exceptionally important,

Obama is America’s Version of Stanley Baldwin

Victor Davis Hanson, Last year, President Obama assured the world that “we are living in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history,” and that “the world has never been less violent.” Translated, those statements meant that active foreign-policy volcanoes in China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and the Middle East would probably not

Iran Already Intimidated by Trump

P. David Hornik, Middle Eastern analysts say a vicious regime is being brought to heel. An analysis by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) finds that the Trump administration’s tough stance toward Iran is already having an effect. Analyses of the very complex Middle Eastern chessboard abound, and assessments by knowledgeable people not infrequently

American Game of Footsie with Saudi Arabia Must End

Rachel Marsden, This isn’t your granddaddy’s Saudi Arabia. For decades, America purchased Saudi oil and mostly ignored the country’s human-rights issues, including the treatment of women as second-class citizens, while the Saudi royals enjoyed the benefits of having a rich, thirsty customer who paid on time. But now, Saudi Arabia has become a liability for

Trump Helps Persecuted Christians and Protects America with One Move

Raymond Ibrahim, When true altruism is also self-benefiting. During a recent interview with CBN, President Trump was asked if he thinks America should prioritize persecuted Christians as refugees.  He responded: Yes.  Yes, they’ve been horribly treated.  If you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, or at least very, very tough, to get into

Memo to the Left: Choose your battles — and your tactics — wisely

Laura Hollis, Playing With Fire. Having lost the election fair and square, Democrats are still seething. They have apparently decided to retaliate by attacking everything done by the new Republican administration. First, it was the election itself. The party line — with no hard evidence (and despite statements to the contrary by WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange)

Fmr NYPD Commish to Schumer on ‘Fake Tears’: You Didn’t Cry on 9/11

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik fired back at Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, accusing him of not showing emotion in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks like he did following President Trump’s travel ban order. Schumer appeared to hold back tears at a press conference denouncing Trump’s order, which bars immigration

Trump’s reform policy only impacts one of every eight Muslims worldwide

Breitbart, Eighty-seven percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are not affected by President Donald Trump’s Friday decision to temporarily withhold visas from citizens of seven Middle Eastern countries. Approximately thirteen percent of the world’s Muslims, or 199.4 million out of up to 1.6 billion, live in those seven countries, according to a 2015 Pew Research Report, “The

President Trump, Defund the UN, and Denounce the Two-State Solution

Arthur Schaper, Donald Trump is pro-Israel with a capital P-I. So were Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker and the other GOP contenders. And yet, the president-Elect has exceeded my expectations—and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet! When the United Nations Security Council flirted with the first anti-Israel resolution, the Donald blasted the move, and they

Victor Davis Hanson: The Resilience of Israel

Israel would seem to be in a disastrous position, given the inevitable nuclear capabilities of Iran and the recent deterioration of its relationship with the United States, its former patron and continued financial benefactor. Immediately upon entering office, President Obama hectored Israel on so-called settlements. Obama promised to put “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel