Three countries in the Middle East are in anguish, devastated by the “Arab Spring,” which has yet to offer any rewards for the region. In the process, Iraq, Libya and Syria have been devastated by foreign aggression neatly labeled as “civil wars.”
Millions have been killed and even more displaced internally. Yet, Messieurs Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are not satisfied with the existing bloodbath in the region and have convinced their unpredictable boss, Donald Trump, to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal signed by seven nations, including the US, signaling the beginning of a new war with Iran.
This initiative has emboldened Israel to bomb the Tartus military base in Syria, to invite Iran to retaliate in kind and to warrant Washington’s protective cover of its US ally. That is why Patrick Buchanan, a former presidential candidate, defines it as “Bibi [Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu] wants the US to fight for Israel.”
Unfortunately, that is what is actually happening, never mind that the cost for the US is $3 trillion, which could be put to better use.
Now, more bloodbaths are on the way because of the insanity that has been unleashed. Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times this week: “President Trump’s reckless decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal will not force Iran back to the negotiating table, nor will it address serious concerns about Iran’s behavior in the Middle East. But, it will leave Iran’s nuclear program unconstrained and an inconsistent America isolated from its allies and far less safe.”
Had the consequence of Mr. Trump’s action been confined to what Ms. Rice described, it would have been more benign than what is yet to come.