This will not be well received.
“The majority of Lebanese are just paying the price.”
Whither black gold…
“Take that with a grain of salt though, because remember: nothing that should matter ever matters anymore.”
As usual, the docket is full and the risks are multiplying.
“We’re confident that Qassem Soleimani engineered, guided, directed, manipulated this deal.”
If you were looking for clarity on anything, today was most assuredly not your day.
There will be blood.
“Our military is not (at the border) for nothing. We could arrive suddenly one night.”
“This failure stands in contrast to the experience of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah, which enjoy considerable local support. Both are integrated into the broader Palestinian and Lebanese Shi’a populations of their countries. Hamas is the de facto ruler of Gaza, and Hizballah is part of the Lebanese government. “
“The latest incident, whereby a group of oil-producing Arab nations has cut ties with neighboring energy-exporting country Qatar, is much more than a simple diplomatic spat. Collectively, the countries involved control 29% of global crude oil and 33% of global liquid natural gas exports.”
Well, this market’s mettle is being tested. Again. On Monday evening we got what might fairly be described as the worst kind of double-whammy: a WaPo report containing new revelations about Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice in the Russia probe and a terrorist attack that killed 22 people in Manchester. The knee-jerk risk-off move…
Let’s just be clear about one thing: the idea that retaking Raqqa from Islamic State is some kind of monumental task that the US army and its regional allies in Riyadh and Doha couldn’t accomplish in short order if it were absolutely necessary is just silly. The same thing goes for the Russians and Iranians…
For decades Arab opinion-makers have ascribed a host of regional ills to the West…