Trump Administration Walks Back The Iran War Talk

Washington Post:

“The Trump administration has been on high alert in response to what military and intelligence officials have deemed specific and credible threats from Iran against U.S. personnel in the Middle East.

But President Trump is frustrated with some of his top advisers, who he thinks could rush the United States into a military confrontation with Iran and shatter his long-standing pledge to withdraw from costly foreign wars, according to several U.S. officials. Trump prefers a diplomatic approach to resolving tensions and wants to speak directly with Iran’s leaders. …

But European leaders, who have been watching the febrile atmosphere in Washington with alarm, have not been convinced, according to conversations with 10 European diplomats and officials from seven countries, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive assessments of Washington and Tehran.

Pompeo “didn’t show us any evidence” about his reasons Washington is so concerned about potential Iranian aggression, said one senior European official who took part in one of Pompeo’s meetings. The official’s delegation left the meeting unconvinced of the American case and puzzled about why Pompeo had come at all. …”

New York Times:

“WASHINGTON — President Trump has sought to put the brakes on a brewing confrontation with Iran in recent days, telling the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, administration officials said, while his senior diplomats began searching for ways to defuse the tensions.

Mr. Trump’s statement, during a Wednesday morning meeting in the Situation Room, sent a message to his hawkish aides that he does not want the intensifying American pressure campaign against the Iranians to explode into open conflict.

For now, an administration that had appeared to be girding for conflict seems more determined to find a diplomatic off-ramp. …”

The Europeans are right.

The idea that Iran is seeking a violent conflict with the United States is laughable. It was Blompf who unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by Obama. It was Blompf who has imposed crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy. It was Blompf who attacked Syria twice and looked the other way while Israel attacked Iranian forces in Syria in multiple acts of unprovoked naked aggression. It has all been done too because Sheldon Adelson was allowed to buy our foreign policy.

Note: As Ann Coulter pointed out this afternoon on Twitter, putting John Bolton and Mike Pompeo in charge of national security is like putting AOC in charge of the economy and complaining about “socialism.” These people only serve at the will of the president.

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