Iraq

McCain As Metaphor

"McCain hails the crusade to 'help make another, better world' – yet the American people don’t want another world, they want to live in this world in peace and security, rather than sacrificing themselves to some imaginary 'duty' to uplift the world on Uncle Sam’s shoulders. That’s one reason why Trump is in the White House and McCain is on the outside looking in."

Frontrunning: October 20

  • Trump’s Tax Plan Takes a Big Step Forward, But What Comes Next Won’t Be Easy (BBG)
  • Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring (Reuters)
  • Donald Trump Jr. Becomes a Rainmaker on the Republican Speaking Circuit (BBG)
  • In Kuroda's face - researchers find ways to predict central bank changes (Reuters)
  • One Month After Maria, a Crisis Still Rages in Rural Puerto Rico (BBG)

Head of MI5: UK Facing Most Severe Terrorist Threat Ever

The UK's intelligence services are facing an "intense" challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned. Andrew Parker said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect".

Buchanan: Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

"With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran...Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts."

Ron Paul Warns "The American People Are Being Neo-Conned Into Another War"

"Let’s be clear here: President Trump did not just announce that he was “de-certifying” Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal. He announced that Iran was from now on going to be in the bullseye of the US military. Will Americans allow themselves to be lied into another Middle East war? "

Iraqi Kurd Army Agrees To Return To 2003 Border, Oil Slides

In a dramatic de-escalation of recent hostilities in Iraqi Kurdistan, where in a blitz campaign the Iraqi army recaptured Kirkuk, effectively regaining control of the oil-rich region, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told Sky News Arabia that it has agreed to return to the 2003 Iraq border, which if confirmed would be a major concession to Iraq.