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Trump's Incoherent Approach to Iran

July 23, 2018 in Economics

By John Glaser

John Glaser

President Donald Trump is once again issuing bombastic threats
of war, this time against Iran. This administration’s total
lack of a coherent approach to Iran has created a strategic vacuum,
wherein U.S. policy is reduced to the hackneyed regime change
rhetoric of neoconservatives and the primal screams of an
undisciplined, callow president.

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, taking note of an
increasingly antagonistic Trump administration, said America should
know that “peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with
Iran is the mother of all wars.”

The truth is that Trump’s
threat lacks credibility. A U.S. attack would provoke a wider
regional war that would be an order of magnitude worse than what we
saw in Iraq.

In response, Trump tweeted: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE
UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF
WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED.”

That seems a bit of an overreaction, but it is even stranger in
the context of Trump’s tweets from 2013, in which he
lambasted President Barack Obama for planning to go to war against
Iran “to save face” and “to show how tough he is.”

And let’s not forget that as president elect, Trump
promised in late 2016 to “stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we
know nothing about.”

Trump’s Twitter threat came just as Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo was giving a speech Sunday in California aimed at
rallying the Iranian people and diaspora to undermine the regime
in Tehran
. Pompeo railed against the Iranian regime’s
tyranny and rights abuses, offering sympathy and support for those
who seek to overthrow it.

The notion that the Trump administration cares one wit about
democracy and human rights in Iran is so transparently ludicrous as
to hardly even require refutation. After all, the White House is
enthusiastically supporting the authoritarian regime in Saudi
Arabia, a tyranny much worse than the one in Iran and which is
committing war crimes in Yemen with U.S. help.

Contrary to Pompeo’s feigned concern for the welfare of
the citizens of Iran, the administration’s approach harms,
rather than helps, the Iranian people.

The truth is that Trump’s threat lacks credibility. A U.S.
attack would provoke a wider regional war that would be an order of
magnitude worse than what we saw in Iraq.

The Trump administration’s hostility toward Iran is
irrational. Backing out of the nuclear deal not only created a
proliferation risk in Iran, it also locked the White House in a
policy of confrontation. The result has been confusion, needless
antagonism and a dangerous risk …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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