National Security

Pompeo Strives to Salvage Stalled Afghanistan Peace Effort

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in KabulDOHA/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought on Monday to salvage a U.S.-led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan, meeting with Taliban officials at a Qatari military base after visiting Kabul to try to end a feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe.

Ayatollah’s American Allies Seize on Pandemic in Fresh Push for Sanctions Relief

In echo of regime propaganda, critics falsely claim U.S. sanctions target food and medicine

Ben RhodesThe architects of the Obama administration's self-described pro-Iran echo chamber have used the coronavirus outbreak to argue that U.S. sanctions are to blame for the virus's aggressive spread across the Islamic Republic—a line the Iranian government is also peddling. 

China Boots U.S. Journalists

The Chinese government announced on Tuesday that it is revoking the press credentials of reporters from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post as tensions mount over the Communist regime's restrictions on the press.

‘Missing a Tablespoon of Blood’: Quincy Institute Scholar Laments Lack of Violence Amid Corona Outbreak in Israel 

Sarah Leah Whitson / TwitterThe managing director for research and policy of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft appeared to celebrate the draconian measures employed by the Israeli government to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then she argued that whatever discomforts they impose on Israeli citizens, it is not enough to compensate for the suffering Israel has inflicted on its Palestinian neighbors. 

U.S. Outraged Over Europe’s Refusal to Extend Iran Sanctions

Europe gives Iran pass on terror, missile sanctions to keep Tehran locked in nuclear accord

EU flagThe European Union is resisting Trump administration efforts to foster greater international coordination on holding Tehran accountable for its rising sponsorship of terrorism and expanding ballistic missile program, according to State Department documents viewed exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.