Biden’s “Diplomacy Is Back” Falls Flat as 2021 Middle East Policy a Miserable Flop

By no means has voting blue meant a change for the better; in fact, the only real difference between Biden and Trump in terms of foreign policy is that instead of mean tweets, more respectful language is used to give the new president the veneer of respectability.

Biden’s “Diplomacy Is Back” Falls Flat as 2021 Middle East Policy a Miserable Flop

Revealed: Mercer Street’s Parent Shipping Company a Front for Israeli Intelligence

By Alan Macleod GULF OF OMAN — Earlier this summer, the Israeli-operated oil tanker Mercer Street was attacked by drones, allegedly emanating from Iran, disabling the ship and killing two people on board. The incident, portrayed as an unprovoked attack on a civilian vessel, caused worldwide outrage, and marked a new low in Iranian relations with Israel and its Western allies. But a MintPress investigation can now reveal that Zodiac Maritime, the Mercer Street’s operator, has a long history of working closely with both the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and Israeli intelligence unit Mossad, using its ships to ferry arms and operatives around the region for covert operations, including assassinations.

Revealed: Mercer Street’s Parent Shipping Company a Front for Israeli Intelligence

Rapid Taliban advances in Afghanistan have the US military launching strikes to destroy captured artillery and armored vehicles

Rapid Taliban advances in Afghanistan have the US military launching strikes to destroy captured artillery and armored vehicles

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US troops ‘will temporarily deploy’ to Afghanistan to help evacuate diplomats

ICYMI: The Pentagon has quietly established two new Afghanistan-linked offices, including its Defense Security Cooperation Management Office-Afghanistan, and the Over-the-Horizon Counterterrorism Headquarters, both based in Qatar. (Tip of the hat to Dr. Jonathan Schroden, who directs CNA’s Countering Threats and Challenges Program.)

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US-led Information War Targets Southeast Asia (and China)