Richard Hayden Black, a Republican politician, served as a member of the Virginia State Senate from 2012 to 2020. He was previously a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2006. Black has frequently praised the Syrian government while criticizing US foreign policy in the Arab country. In 2014, the outspoken Virginia State Senator wrote a letter in praise of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and later met him twice in his travels to Syria. In 2015, Daesh included Senator Black in a list of its enemies.
In an interview in September 2021, the former VA senator said the foundation for present US Middle East policy began with a document called, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”. The paper, he said, was advanced by a group of globalists headed by Richard Pearl in 1996.
According to him, the “[A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm] was submitted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made changes but agreed with the overall strategy… Israel abandoned the decades-old “land for peace” strategy for Palestine, and replaced it with an aggressive new strategy toward its neighbors…” More here.