Trump Frustrated by Perception of Iran Strategy

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2019

Despite his rhetoric, Trump's every move in the Middle East now seems committed to conflict and potentially to war with Iran.

Zarif said on May 16 that Tehran was showing "maximum restraint" despite the usa withdrawal from deal and accused Washington of an "unacceptable" escalation of the crisis. On Wednesday, the State Department ordered nonessential personnel to leave the USA missions in Baghdad and Irbil.

"If a war happens, the world will suffer from problem in energy supply", Gen. Saleh Jokar said, according to a report Friday by the semi-official Fars news agency.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, Britain's Ministry of Defence said that British Army Maj.

Since the administration flagged the new threat, the State Department ordered all nonemergency personnel withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq and put other embassies in the region on alert. The New York Times reported that photographs of Iranian forces putting missiles on small boats that could be used to target US vessels prompted the initial alarm.

One is the demonization of Iran rooted in the genuinely nefarious things the Iranian regime did in the past and dates back to when Ted Koppel was talking to Americans every weeknight about US diplomats held hostage in Tehran.

But he has also made clear that he will protect US interests in the region, one official said.

On Tuesday, Spain announced that its guided-missile destroyer Mendes Nunez, which had been part of the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, was temporarily being withdrawn to avoid involvement in any confrontation with Iran. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan may be even less inclined to military action at this time.

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US National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, December 13, 2018.

"There's zero appetite for any further escalation among the allies", retired Navy Cmdr.

US officials are reporting heightened threats in the region from Iran and have sent military assets there to protect USA troops and the interests of both America and its allies. Responding to the threats, which coalition allies denied existed, the US military deployed a carrier strike fleet to the region.

Daniel Serwer, the director of the Conflict Management and American Foreign Policy Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, also argued that Mr Trump wants to talk to Iran. Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The briefing was given on May 16 to the so-called Gang of Eight, a varying group of four Democratic and four Republican lawmakers who are at times given highly classified intelligence information.

On a visit to Tokyo on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono that his country's response to the U.S. actions - America's pullout from the nuclear deal previous year and the imposition of United States sanctions - is within the deal and Iran's rights.

China's Foreign Ministry cited Zarif as saying that Iran has no intention to withdraw from the nuclear agreement and opposes war. It is also a major importer of Iranian crude oil and a permanent member of the UN Security Council. "Neither we nor [the U.S.] seek war". They know it will not be in their interest.

As military officials struggled to show that the threat from Iran was growing, intelligence officials declassified a photograph of one of the small boats, called dhows, carrying what was described as a functional Iranian missile. "In this showdown, America will be forced to retreat because our resolve is stronger".

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