President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cuba on March 21 and 22, notes a February 18 White House press release. During the visit, the statement continues, the president "will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba."

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a speech in Ankara to provincial officials last week, strongly criticized the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish PYD rebels.

More information about the detainment of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from January 12 through 13 is being made public, including an Iranian video that surfaced on the day of their release that shows a sailor apologizing to Iranian interrogators.

 

A U.S. Hellfire air-to-surface missile that disappeared after being sent to Europe for a NATO training exercise has turned up in Cuba. While no one has been able to determine exactly how this happened, it may have been an inadvertent mistake on the part of freight handlers.

 

Incredibly, a State Department spokesman recently announced that among the department’s major accomplishments in 2015 was “bringing peace” to war-torn Syria.