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16th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

John Hannah

Let’s give credit where credit is due. First, U.S. President Donald Trump set a red line and enforced it. He warned that the large-scale use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would trigger a U.S. attack. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed that red line a year ago, Trump responded with 59 cruise missiles that took out about 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft. more...

13th April 2018 – Quoted by Steve Holland and John Walcott - Reuters

With Russia on his mind, Trump looks for tougher approach on Syria: sources

John Hannah

President Donald Trump is pressing for a more aggressive U.S. strike against Syria than military chiefs have recommended as he adopts a tougher stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose support for Syria’s government has allowed it to crush opposition forces, U.S. officials said. more...

2nd April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq

John Hannah

In January, with an eye toward national elections on May 12, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stunned many observers when he agreed to a political alliance with a group representing the country’s most hard-line Shiite militias — some of them designated by the United States for terrorism, all of them loyal instruments of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

18th March 2018 – Quoted by Saudi Gazette

Crown Prince prepares to leave for US

John Hannah

As Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, prepares to embark on a historic visit to the US where he is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday, the US media has been all praise for the reforms taking place in the Kingdom. more...

15th March 2018 – Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

John Hannah

When U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House later this month, there will be no shortage of urgent issues to discuss — from the crown prince’s ambitious modernization agenda to joint efforts against Iranian aggression. But near the top of the president’s priorities should also be securing the crown prince’s commitment to lead the ideological war against the scourge of violent jihadism. more...

26th February 2018 – Quoted by Andrew Miller - The Trumpet

Venezuela’s Migrant Crisis Could Exceed Syria’s

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

The average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds in weight since 2017. Failed socialist economic policies are resulting in major food shortages, and almost 90 percent of Venezuelans now live in poverty. This is according to a study published Wednesday by the Central University of Venezuela, the Andrés Bello Catholic University and the Simón Bolívar University. more...

3rd January 2018 – Fox Business Network

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah talks about the Iran protests on Countdown to the Closing Bell. more...

26th December 2017 – Fox News

Fox News

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses the US sanctioning two North Korean officials on Fox News. more...

22nd December 2017 – Foreign Policy

Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program

John Hannah

Anyone watching the systematic consolidation of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability over the past decade can’t help but worry about the parallels with Iran. more...

18th December 2017 – Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's National Security Strategy on Fox Business' Cavuto: Coast to Coast. more...

14th December 2017 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

John Hannah

The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” message to the world body concerning the coming war. more...

8th December 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Fox News' Happening Now. more...

29th November 2017 – Foreign Policy

Two Cheers for Rex

John Hannah

The secretary of state has been going through a rough patch, but not all of his endeavors deserve to be pilloried. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war

John Hannah

Washington: As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban’s poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population. more...

20th November 2017 – Fox News

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terror on Fox Business. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Has Donald Trump Lost Syria to Iran?

John Hannah

Three weeks ago, the White House released an official strategy for checking the Islamic Republic’s growing influence in the Middle East. more...

10th November 2017 – Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

The Nuclear Deal has Spurred Iranian Aggression, but It’s Not Too Late to Roll It Back. Yet.

John Hannah

Defenders of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the Iran nuclear deal is known, have argued that Iran’s aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Ziva Dahl - The Washington Times

Smashing a critical American ally

John Hannah

On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. more...

8th November 2017 – Foreign Policy

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

John Hannah

Note to President Trump: The new Iran strategy that you announced just three weeks ago is hanging by a thread. Its fate will likely be decided in the next few months on the Syria-Iraq border. more...

7th November 2017 – The Hill

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ might play right into US interests

John Hannah

Most of us have told our kids that the ends don’t justify the means. But what if your objective is something as audacious as rapidly modernizing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? What if your aim is to break the kingdom’s support for the extremist form of Islam — known as Wahhabism — that has served as the essential source material for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the jihadist ideology that American troops have been at war with since 9/11? How much centralization of power, even absolutism, would you put up with to see that revolutionary program succeed? more...