Every Russian Mideast expert I spoke to told me Moscow wants to avoid the burdens of becoming the Mideast's new godfather. But this yoke may come with the Kremlin's new pre-eminence in the region. Putin may come to regret that Trump is so eager to give up this leadership role.
Russia uses nerve gas in Britain, cyber targets U.S. elections, nuclear plants and ultilities, and Trump - belatedly - responds with pin prick sanctions. Why won't the president authorize serious cyber push back and sanctions? Americans deserve to know.
Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2016 and 2001, and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.