Since January 2014, the Syrian city of Raqqa has been both the geographic heart and self-proclaimed capital of the so-called Islamic State as it made the leap from terrorist group to proto-terror state.
After simmering for decades, the unfolding regional crisis over control of Kirkuk boiled over on October 16.
On October 13, President Trump announced a new U.S. strategy to constrain Iran, following a six-month policy review that examined how Washington might counter Iranian policies it objects to that were not addressed in the landmark 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.'
The ‘purposefully chaotic’ approach to foreign policy, as practiced by the Trump Administration, has rendered much U.S. diplomacy incoherent at a time of steadily increasing security challenges.