The current crisis between the US and Iran was created by Trump so no matter what he does about it, the whole situation was totally unnecessary and it’s clear that his is in way over his head when it comes to foreign policy.
Article by Makini Brice in Reuters.com on Monday, June 24, 2019
‘Trump says other countries should do more to protect oil tankers‘
Trump made the comments amid an escalation in tensions with Iran, as Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers
I’m certainly not going to pretend to be anything of a foreign policy expert, but the situation regarding Iran and it’s capacity to make nuclear weapons appears to be very simple.
Few agreements are perfect, even fewer international treaties are. This is because thrashing them out involves compromise.
Whether or not Trump appreciates this, his viewpoint has always been that the JPCOA, negotiated by Obama and the international community was a ‘disaster’, mostly because he doesn’t trust them to hold up their side of the bargain.
So he pulled the US out of the agreement and increased sanctions not only on Iran, but also on anyone doing business with them, yet all the while still holding them to their side of the agreement he ripped up???
Before any of the events of the past week, the situation was already absurd, all due to Trump’s own actions.
Now as he makes the sanctions even tighter, it comes at no surprise that the Iranian equivalent of John Bolton is going to have an itchy trigger finger and thus we have seen an attack on a Japanese vessel as well as the shooting down of an unmanned US drone.
Now we’re expected to think the POTUS is some kind of hero because he pulls out of planned retaliation at the last minute??? Then he tells Chuck Todd that the only thing he wants from Iran is ‘No Nuclear Weapons’ only to add ‘Stop terror campaigns’ in a tweet a couple of days later?
Now a whole week after the attack on the Japanese vessel all of a sudden he’s whining about having to protect the shipping lanes????
I know I’m no expert on foreign policy, but I didn’t seek election and I certainly didn’t do so by telling everyone I could make the situation better. He has made it abundantly clear that he hasn’t a clue.