In concert with its effort to counter Iranian regional influence, the Trump administration has ramped up actions against Tehran’s main proxy force, Lebanese Hezbollah. In a November 13, 2018 speech, the State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan Sales, stated that ‘Hezbollah’s ambitions and global reach rival those of Al Qaeda and ISIS [the Islamic State organization].’
It may never be known why Russia chose this specific time to escalate the proxy war it has waged against Ukraine since 2014 into a direct naval clash that threatens to accelerate a low-intensity conflict into a more comprehensive conflagration
President Trump issued a statement saying, “it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Former FBI counterterrorism agent Ali Soufan tells Ali Velshi that the president’s statement is “the most un-American” he’s ever read.
Hardened borders have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence over the last several years, as a general trend of anti-globalization and anti-globalism sweep through the West, ushering in a tide of fervent nationalism.
The U.S. is once again drifting away from long-time allies, this time by choosing not side with the European Union in demanding a full and transparent explanation by the Saudi government for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018