Donald Trump’s National Security advisor John Bolton has never hid his view that Iran needs to be held in check against it’s actions across the Middle East to sow disruption in order gain influence….
President’s Bush and Obama have tried work against the countries leadership….
Not it’s general population….
Bolton is from the old Republican school of beating other countries down that Trump seems to agree with….(Europe does NOT agree with this )
The military escalation is beginning to worry American lawmakers….
Iran’s leadership seems to realise that Obama effort to use ‘soft power’ is gone….
They do NOT want a direct fight with the American military…
But the lesson of Viet Nam is out there and seems to have been dusted off by Iran….
American President’s should wary of this….
Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint in recent weeks for a series of offensive actions aimed at pushing the White House to rethink its efforts at isolating Tehran, say diplomats and analysts.
With the Trump administration tightening economic sanctions and intensifying military pressure, Iran is now seeking to highlight the costs it could also impose on the United States — for instance, by disrupting the world’s oil supply — without taking actions likely to trigger an all-out war.
When four ships were damaged in the Persian Gulf last week, including two Saudi tankers and an Emirati one, U.S. and Arab officials said they suspected Iran had ordered the sabotage. A Lebanese newspaper supportive of Iran’s ally Hezbollah boasted that the attacks were a message from Tehran delivered via “UAE and Saudi mailboxes.”…
“It is absolutely not surprising if we see Iran start flexing its muscles in the region where it has a pretty strong hand and it has the potential to exact a cost on the U.S. and its allies in the region,” said Ali Vaez, an Iran expert with the International Crisis Group.
Over the past year, the Iranian government had pursued a strategy of relative restraint in the hopes that the 2020 U.S. election would produce a less hostile American president, analysts say….
To Tehran’s chagrin, it has not seen the kind of economic dividend it expected when the nuclear deal was signed. Nor have European efforts to maintain business with Iran provided relief.
Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country would stop complying with parts of the nuclear deal that restrict the country from stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water. He also set a 60-day deadline to get relief from the sanctions, pressuring the Europeans in particular to ignore the U.S. embargo, and said Iran would otherwise resume enriching uranium to a higher level than allowed under the accord….
Trump and Boltons aggressive policy will make sure that Iranian moderates are cast aside within their government….
We are on the way back to worrying about a nuclear Iran….