- Nikki Haley said the Trump administration will impose new sanctions on Russia tomorrow, targeting companies that supplied the Syrian government with equipment used to produce chemical weapons.
Donald Trump tried to block Mike Pence from hiring Jon Lerner as his national security advisor because Trump believes Lerner is a never-Trumper.
Paul Bonicelli writes that last week’s missile strikes against Syria amounted to a reset of Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy:
President Obama’s greatest error was not simply drawing red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons use then failing to enforce them. Rather, his greatest failure was failing to appreciate that Russia and Iran have been angling for years to control the fate of the Middle East. He blew it, and they took advantage of his fecklessness by acting contrary to U.S. interests and those of our allies in the region.
They now have unacceptable leverage over the region. Russia isn’t enamored of Assad, and neither is Iran. Assad is a loser who can’t hold his country together without outside support. He is nothing more than an opportunity for them.
But holding Assad in contempt doesn’t mean these regimes can’t recognize a bird’s nest on the ground when they see it. When Obama failed to act in time to stop the Islamic State’s rise, drew red lines and didn’t enforce them, and foolishly turned over to Russia the task of curbing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability, he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei a gift: massive leverage in the Middle East.
Israel says it destroyed the longest, deepest tunnel yet discovered between the Gaza Strip and its territory.