News and Analysis (5/17/19)

American allies are skeptical …

… and among the few nations siding with Bolton’s designs on Iran are Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates …

… with the Saudis accusing the Houtis of retaliating against their oil industry for the reign of death they have poured upon Yemen and demand Washington start a war with Iran in return …

… but Iran’s U.N. ambassador “told ‘Face the Nation’ moderator Margaret Brennan on Thursday[,] …’I believe that President Trump does not want war'”:

As Sens. Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy have “great concern” about the administration’s military move and some legislators want an explanation of intelligence “about Iran that warranted the quick deployment” …

… and Congressional committee chairs warn Pompeo of “the perils of ignoring and ‘cherry-picking’ intelligence in foreign policy and national security decisions” …

… “top national security officials [are] to brief Congress on escalating tensions with Iran, agreeing to multiple meetings intended to head off growing frustration with the president and his senior advisers:

“The Jewish yarmulke and Sikh patka are not included in the new measure”:

“God has asked me to do and what the U.S. Constitution allows me to do. My hope is that as a government agency, the Georgia Department of Corrections will do the right thing”:

No ambulance “driver was willing to risk breaking the curfew” but thanks to a Muslim cab driver “she gave birth to a healthy baby boy who she has named ‘Shanti’ – a name which denotes peace prevailing over conflict”:

“Europe must … not leave everything in the hands of a ‘reckless driver’ who is preparing to drive off a cliff, the Palestinian foreign minister has said” of plan that amounts “to the return of colonialism”:

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