By Roger Caldwell
The U.S. has assured the world that its intensions are peaceful, with the Department of Defense issuing a statement Friday saying that, “the United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend U.S. forces and interests in the Region.”
It is very difficult to believe John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, and a noted Iran hawk, that these provocative words are peaceful. Tensions between Iran and the United States have ratcheted up in the past two weeks, and many political experts are not sure of the exact reason. Bolton is saying that Iran is preparing to attack the U.S. forces in the region, but that would be suicidal to the country.
“On last week, The New York Times reported that last Thursday senior defense officials reviewed plans to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran attacks U.S. troops in the region or begins ramping up its nuclear program. The review of these plans was initiated by John Bolton,” says Christian Britschgi – reporter of the Reason.
The Middle East has always been a hot button for the president and his administration. The budget for military expenses has increased under President Trump, and his administration lacks a coherent international strategy.
The early stages of the President’s military strategy were to “bomb the s t out of the Islamic State.” This escalated the U.S. into more countries such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somalia, which increased more troops, more bombing, more missions and more money. Just in Afghanistan, in the last 16 years America was been at war, and we have spent over a trillion dollars.
War is expensive, and General Mattis has acknowledged that America is not winning in any of these wars.
“In almost every situation that U.S. forces are involved in, the solutions are more political than military. This has become especially true in places such as Syria and Afghanistan, where many regional powers with major interest have staked out positions and spread their influence. Military force without a strategy or deeply engaged political and diplomatic process is destined to fail,” explained Fareed Zakaria with an article to the Washington Post.
In all of the four Middle East countries, war has created a humanitarian catastrophe, and in Yemen a child is dying of preventable causes every 10 minutes. These countries have turned into military wastelands, and violent terrorist groups will fight each other for years to come.
With all this sickness and madness taking place in these Middle East countries, President Trump and his administration may stumble into an accidental war with Iran. Instead of using diplomatic channels to resolve the issues with Iran, Bolton is sending war ships and possibly 120,000 more troops to the Middle East.
This situation is very difficult for political experts to believe that Bolton does not want a conflict or war with Iran today. For decades, Bolton has been fixated with Iran as a threat and enemy to America.
“As a diplomat and national security official across four Republican administrations, from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, Bolton has made the case for regime change in North Korea, Styria, and among other places. But Iran remained a persistent concern for him, due to its alleged links to terrorism and burgeoning nuclear program,” says Don Spinelli – reporter from Mother Jones.
It will take level heads to resolve and explain why the Trump administration walked away from the Obama/Iran nuclear peace pact. Without the Obama/Iran peace pact, and the allies working together with America, Iran has become a threat for conflict and nuclear war.
In a lengthy statement, former President Obama called President Trump’s announcement a “misguided decision that risk eroding America’s credibility, and warned that walking away from the deal could make conflict more likely.”