EA Announcement: US Election Coverage Takes Over From Syria and Iran on Wednesday

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Because of our ongoing coverage of the US elections — including work with BBC TV on its Breakfast programme — the Syria and Iran Dailies, as well as coverage of Iraq, will not run on Wednesday.

We will return on Thursday with our full coverage.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. We have been told Hillary is a certainty by commenters on this site for 2 years.Then again same people have claimed Assad was gone years ago,Soleimani has been killed 5 times,Tiger was killed a few times,Mamlouk was under house arrest,the big Sunni priest of Assad had fled to Oman.Surely these people are not wrong again! :)

    • Hillary was good because it would make Andre go away for good. Unfortunately we will have Andre here for another many years.

      Will he now support US policy? After all, Putin’s pal got elected. Probably not. An anti-imperialist is a closed mind – and a broken record.

      • Do you mean “anti-imperialist” or “anti-American” ?
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        The major imperialist countries today are Iran and Russia.

        • The most imperialist countries are those that believe in a unipolar world and install 1000 military bases throughout the world and insist that they have security interests on the ground their side of the planet.

          They also boast about playing by their own rules while demanding other stick to the rules they routinely violate

          • Andre, just a simple question: What do think the world would be like if the USA didn’t have those “1000” bases throughout the world and they withdrew to their own borders?

            • What do think the world would be like if the USA didn’t have those “1000” bases throughout the world and they withdrew to their own borders?

              1. There would have been no 911.
              2. A lot more money for the US to fix it’s infrastructure
              3. A lot fewer girls in Japan bring raped and murdered.
              4. Fewer countries feeling threatened
              5. North and South Korea would have been united by now

      • Hillary was good because it would make Andre go away for good. Unfortunately we will have Andre here for another many years.

        Oh Zazemi, don’t be a sore loser. I was expecting Hillary to wing and was not going anywhere.

        As for Trump’s foreign policy, I’ll reserve judgement until he reveals it. So long as he doesn’t go to war with Russia and doesn’t support head choppers or regime change, I don’t really care what else he does. The US was screwed no matter who was in charge

    • We have been told Hillary is a certainty by commenters on this site for 2 years

      One commentator that comes to mind is Alex with his count downs, and his anticipation that US foreign policy would change on this day.

      I guess he’ll have to come up with new material…if he ever shows up here again

      • Yes,i think it included a ‘Tic Toc’ clock countdown.He is a freedom fighter though.So he’s sweet.That other bloke,that backed trump,used to say ‘Nostrovia’,remember him?He doesnt know what hes talking about apparently.Think he also predicted an Assad victory.

  2. I have to hand it to Barbar. He was the first one on here to state that Trump will end up in the White House. Back in the primaries IIRC.
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    If he only predicted Turkish election results accurately. He could claim prescience.

  3. The analogies between Brexit and Trump’s presidency are going to run deeper than just the surprise election result.
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    The establishment will severely constrain Trump and little will change. There will be deadlock in many of the issues where Trump has called for radical change like the wall and banning muslims entering the country. But especially in foreign affairs, where no President has much say in policy, little will change I expect. Trump’s isolationism is good for the Syrian opposition but the US foreign policy establishment – the Pentagon, State Department, etc. will prevent him from disengaging.
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    If Trump does get leeway over Syria policy, it may be that Russia will be allowed to disengage and force Assad to go – something they would have done in the summer if it weren’t for US pressure. The Russians have long been looking for an exit and the reality is that the US has been keeping them there.
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    The other relevant point is that, if Obama screwed up over Syria, and he’s a law professor, then the screw-ups Trump can be expected to make over Syria are going to be a lot bigger. At the end of the day, Syria belongs to the Syrians, and the opposition has not moved one picometer in insisting that Assad goes. Trump’s chance’s of reversing that and putting in place a transition that leaves Assad in power are smaller (smaller than a picometer).
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    Personally, the outcome I hoped for, civil war in America, because they deserve it, didn’t come about yet, but who knows, the US’s problems have just gotten deeper.

  4. USA! USA USA! Like Ahmadinejad 7 years ago, Trump has delivered a stunning blow to the globalist, progessive liberals. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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