After pulling back from a strike on Iran, the Trump administration opted to impose sanctions on Ali Khamenei. But it’s unclear how effective they’ll really be.
Below the surface, there are faint signs of how both parties can exit the crisis.
The buildup in the Middle East is coming at the request of the forces responsible for the region.
Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to be secretary of defense after reports of a harrowing family situation.
Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign has not forced Tehran to yield—in fact, it’s done the opposite.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the latest tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
The next question is what Russia’s response will be.
A lawsuit says the agency accused innocent men of drug smuggling, chained them to decks, and sailed with them straight into a hurricane.
The new deployment is a small fraction of the tens of thousands of troops already there. But it’s designed to send a signal to Iran.
John Walker Lindh was the first American to face charges related to the War on Terror. Dozens have followed.
Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.
Conflicting signals from both sides could be read as a march to war or business as usual.
Mike Pompeo’s meeting with the Russian leader will help test the theory that the president’s “good cop” routine is politically useful.
Can Trump do with Iran what he’s tried to do with North Korea?
Trump has finally given his acting defense secretary the nod to be permanent. Now he just has to deal with a skeptical Senate and a threatening world.
The White House is citing unspecified threats from Iran. The specifics are murky, but the potential for escalation is real.
The explosive growth in their use has prompted questions about how much is too much.
The Trump administration keeps amping up its pressure campaign against Iran.
And Trump is praising him.
The administration is pressuring other countries to tighten the noose on Nicolás Maduro. But his backers have the upper hand.