Friends such as Israel have gained energy independence by fracking. In contrast, some European allies who have banned fracking out of environmental worries are more vulnerable to Russian, Iranian and Middle Eastern pressure than ever before.
Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses President Donald Trump’s recent outreach to Saudi Arabia, the recent changing of the guard within the Saudi royal family and its impact on radical Islam and Middle East politics.
As the battle against ISIS in Mosul reaches its climax with an assault by Iraqi forces on the remaining enemy stronghold in the old city west of the Tigris River, predictable appeals for a lessening of civilian casualties have been issued by various pundits. Since August 2014 the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS has killed just under 500 civilians.