Daniel R. DePetris
Donald Trump must take control of U.S. policy on Iran instead of leaving it in the hands of those who have been promoting unending confrontation with Tehran for their entire careers.
Trump's Hired Hands Want a War in Iran
Are we headed for a war with Iran?
This question has been bandied about periodically throughout the last forty years of hostile relations between the United States and Iran. There was a time not too long ago when the Obama administration was seriously considering the use of military force against Iran’s nuclear program. Fortunately, the war talk dissipated after U.S. diplomats arrived at the conclusion that talking things through was a far more constructive way to resolve the nuclear issue than loading up the B-52’s.
U.S.-Iran relations are approaching a dangerous inflection point. If President Donald Trump doesn’t wisen up and start putting out genuine feelers to Tehran for some kind of communication—feelers that are more serious than his off-the-cuff “call me” remarks at the White House—a situation that is now tense could escalate into a shooting war, which nobody wants except for the most committed administration hardliners.
The relationship between Washington and Tehran in general has seldom escaped its perennially horrendous state, but recent events of the last month have poisoned the well considerably. Through its actions, the Trump administration has made it clear to the Iranians that they are in no mood to negotiate.