A year ago the ruling class—along with many business leaders—largely stayed away from "Davos in the Desert". Not so today.
"Istanbul, you've seen the picture of Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump going and opening up Trump Towers," Joe Scarborough said in regards to the president's controversial Syria withdrawal.
The "maximum pressure" strategy's only effect was to make life miserable for Iran's civilian population, to prevent diplomacy and encourage U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia to act with greater bellicosity.
On Friday, the seven-member boy band became the first outside artists to play a solo stadium gig in the country—arriving per the request of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
President Donald Trump is sending more U.S. troops to protect Saudi Arabia after Iran allegedly attacked their oil fields. .
"I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those Democratic forces in northern Syria," Pat Robertson said on "The 700 Club."
Saudi Arabia has denied Iran's claims of receiving official messages from the kingdom, but once again, Iraq sought to play a role in mediating the Middle Eastern feud.
Ankara had the motive to maintain leverage over Saudi Arabia, but needed to row back on its criticism of the murder, says journalist.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has steadfastly denied ordering the dissident journalist's murder, despite significant evidence linking him directly with the kill team.
Intrepid travelers with a taste for luxury and conservatism may now visit the desert country, which is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani invited Saudi Arabia and other nations in the Persian Gulf to join a "Coalition for Hope" but Saudi State Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir skipped the speech.
The energy secretary said Iran "could pay a very dear price economically" but added that Trump is "not interested in going to war."
Iran's upcoming "Hormuz Peace Endeavor" would include an invitation for potential cooperation with Saudi Arabia as a gesture to work together in the world's most important maritime oil chokepoint.
"If the Americans think of any conspiracy, we will respond from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean," a top Iranian military official said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also suggested the U.S. strategy in the Middle East is collapsing.
The White House has been considering how to respond to the weekend's attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, which both Washington and Riyadh are blaming on Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters "it was Iran" that attacked Saudi Arabia over the weekend, breaking with the Pentagon, which said it was "not going to get ahead of the Saudi investigation."
"Even the appearance of corruption damages our institutions and our faith in government," Republicans for the Rule of Law legal advisor and spokesman Chris Truax said.
From North Korea to Venezuela, the "Art of the Deal" seems to have eluded the president. The recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, however, gives him a chance to shine through.
Retired Admiral William McRaven said the president's team must draw on their expertise to provide Trump with a range of options to respond to the attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Houthi rebel movement held rival press conferences as Iran continued to deny any involvement in attacks on the kingdom's oil sites.
John Brennan, who served under Barack Obama, told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that he was worried about the "dysfunctionality of our government at this time."
The U.S. has yet to provide evidence to back up claims it was Iran, not Yemen's Houthi movement that was behind an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.
After a ruling in June 2019 barring arms exports to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen, UK Secretary of State for International Trade apologized for two breaches.
Actions such as withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal have resulted in a Middle East foreign policy by Trump as something that's "essentially become a Saudi wish list," Ben Rhodes said.
"Number two: I think the president should stop tweeting altogether about this and stop making off-the-cuff remarks," Senator Angus King said.
"These contradictory remarks are either a sign of their confused policies or is a trick to confuse the other side," Ali Khamenei said Tuesday.
The Houthis have claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, but the U.S. has suggested that Iran is ultimately to blame.
After the attack on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday, it is likely U.S. consumers will see a 10 to 25 cent increase per gallon for gas as early as Tuesday.
"What if this whole thing goes south?" Kennedy asked during a segment of Fox News Outnumbered on Monday.