Posted on: August 28, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Pompeo tries to extort cash from struggling Sudan

Mike Pompeo’s decision to air a remarkably dull speech from Jerusalem to the Republican National Convention stirred great controversy. But that controversy overshadowed what was a dismal failure of a Middle East trip for the Secretary of State. Indeed, it only served to highlight this administration’s inability to capitalize on good fortune, its thorough lack of capacity to lead, and its utter contempt for human rights. Whether in Bahrain, Oman,…

Posted on: August 26, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Linda Sarsour is a steadfast ally, Biden cannot afford to forget that

Last week, a Biden campaign staffer launched an attack on Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour. Linda’s crime, apparently, was to do everything she could to defeat Donald Trump. The attack against her was triggered when she said, “The Democratic Party is not perfect, but it is absolutely our party in this moment.” Sarsour has faced repeated, and false, charges of antisemitism for years, and those scurrilous attacks have been models of…

Posted on: August 21, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

How Trump’s arms deals risk more conflict in the Gulf

One of the more loathsome ways in which Donald Trump has denigrated the already bloody and lawless foreign policy of the United States is to reduce those policies to little more than cover for what would otherwise be shady arms deals. In a world which, in pursuit of a blood-soaked dollar, we had already flooded with weapons of all sorts, Trump has taken the callous indifference of using weapons supplies…

Posted on: August 13, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Kamala, UAE-Israel Deal, and the Triumph of Progressive Democrats

There’s been some big news lately. So in this latest episode of the ReThinking Foreign Policy Podcast, I look at the Democratic Vice President nominee, the big and surprising news of possible normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and the meaning behind the huge, sweeping victories of The Squad and other progressive Democrats who support Palestinian rights. Enjoy and stay healthy! Click here to listen to this…

Posted on: August 13, 2020 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 1

The Israel-UAE deal won’t bring stability or peace while further sidelining the Palestinians

Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Trump administration did a pretty good job of diverting the news cycle from Kamala Harris, the coronavirus, the attempt by Trump to destroy the US Postal Service and other stories Trump would rather you not pay attention to. They announced that Israel and the UAE had agreed to hammer out details of a deal that would, presumably, culminate in the full normalization of…